They are going to use your 2A rights against you

I saw this one on the news last night and I couldn’t believe it.  I had to look it up and it seems to be accurate and confirmed.

North Dakota Democrats to hunters: Voting could cost you your hunting license

Democrats are warning hunters if they show up at the polls they may miss out on the next hunting season. The ads are well-designed and authoritative and the message, misleading: “Attention Hunters: Voting in North Dakota could cost you your out-of-state hunting licenses.” Put another way, it seems the party is telling voters that they can’t exercise one right without losing another.

North Dakota columnist Rob Port was the first to spot the misinformation campaign, and a cursory search using Facebook’s searchable database tool confirms it is the North Dakota Democratic Party behind the ads. But while the ads are real, when contacted by Port, the secretary of state and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department couldn’t think of any reason why voting would endanger a hunting license. 

 

Fortunately for hunters and unfortunately for North Dakota Democrats hunters and law abiding gun owners, by and large, work very hard to know the law and understand the regulations that govern them because remaining law abiding citizens and not losing our licenses and rights by doing something stupid is very important to us.

A statement like this is something that a hunter would want to verify.

Rob Port did just than and was told it was bullshit by the state agencies in charge.

I’ve been writing about politics for more than 15 years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this.

I contacted Secretary of State Al Jaeger and asked if he’d ever heard of this claim before. “No,” he told me. “We’re not involved at all in the requirements for getting a hunting license. A question like what you have needs to be directed to the Game & Fish Department. I doubt that there’s any connection.”

“We’ve never heard of that,” Randy Meissner, the licensing manager for North Dakota Game & Fish, told me when I contacted him and read him the text of the ad. I sent him the links and screenshots for the ad and he said he was going to run the claim by his administration.

Good, I hope there is an investigation.

Obviously most states have a distinction between resident hunting and fishing licenses and non-resident licenses. I suppose the ad could be making an allusion to that, but it doesn’t make the distinction. A plain reading could lead a North Dakota voter to believe that their perfectly legal, non-resident hunting or fishing license in South Dakota or Minnesota could be at jeopardy from voting.

At best, this ad is deeply irresponsible. And a bit hypocritical coming as it does at a time when North Dakota Democrats are accusing the Republican legislative majority in the state of trying to suppress Native American votes with voter ID requirements.

As usual, this is Leftist projection.

It is clearly targeting a core Republican demographic, white male gun owners.  Even as the gun community becomes more diverse, hunters are still overwhelmingly white men.  (Making hunting more diverse is something the hunting community needs to do and how to do that is a discussion for a different post.)

I guarantee that some staffer who believes the Liberal stereotype that all hunters are stupid rednecks though this was a great way to scare them away from the polls.

Just like the campaign to get anti gun activist to watch out for and report people suspected of carrying concealed in a polling place (even in states where it is legal) their goal here is to use your Second Amendment rights to keep you from voting.

My only hope here is that as the news of this monumentally unethical tactic spreads, it motivates gun owners to vote against the party that tried to do this to them.

5 Replies to “They are going to use your 2A rights against you”

  1. Check your State’s Carry Laws before voting. In South Carolina a polling place is a Gun Free Zone, mainly because it is almost always at a School, but all polling places are off limits to carry.
    SECTION 23-31-215. Issuance of permits.
    (M) A permit issued pursuant to this section does not authorize a permit holder to carry a concealable weapon into a:

    (1) law enforcement, correctional, or detention facility;

    (2) courthouse or courtroom;

    (3) polling place on election days;

    (4) office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district;

    (5) school or college athletic event not related to firearms;

    (6) daycare facility or preschool facility;

    (7) place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law;

    (8) church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given by the appropriate church official or governing body;

    (9) hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer; or

    (10) place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-235. Except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary. A person who violates a provision of this item, whether the violation is wilful or not, only may be charged with a violation of Section 16-11-620 and must not be charged with or penalized for a violation of this subsection.

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