Ex Post Facto (After the Fact)
I’m not sure that the Fiscal Cliff deal passed by Congress earlier this year, and signed into law by Obama’s autopen, is legal.
Article I, Section 9 of the United States Constitution, the article covering how Congress is to be set up states:
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
Since it wasn’t passed until the 3rd of January, 2013 and the “Fiscal Cliff” kicked in on January 1, 2013, that makes that law “After the Fact”, and illegal and unConstitutional.
Iowa State Legislature Daniel Muhlbauer (D) is calling for not just a gun ban, but confiscation of semi-automatic weapons. The drum beat is growing ever louder for confiscation, and it is going to lead to major trouble.
“We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively.
“We need to get them off the streets — illegally — and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer told the Daily Times Herald. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”
This Representative obviously does not understand the US Constitution, let alone the Constitution of his own state of Iowa. The Iowa Constitution says in Article I (Bill of Rights):
Attainder — ex post facto law — obligation of contract. SEC. 21. No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, shall ever be passed.
This representative not only wants to violate the Supreme Constitution, he wants to violate his own state’s constitution by making gun laws retroactive. He also said that he wants to confiscate all semi-automatics illegally.
Constitutions be damned, if you give the government the chance, it will violate your rights.