Donnelly’s history with firearms marked by controversy, tragedy

Editor’s note: Tim Donnelly is speaking in our County on Tuesday, at the Alta Sierra Country Club, as a guest of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. The local group previously has invited “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack to speak.

“Tim Donnelly, who has made gun rights a centerpiece of his campaign for governor, has a complicated history with firearms,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“The Legislature’s most outspoken Second Amendment advocate, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors after carrying a loaded gun into Ontario International Airport in 2012, and he acknowledged recently that the gun was not registered in his name.

“As he’s traveled the state in recent months, he has handled and fired guns at campaign events, raising questions about whether he was complying with the terms of his probation.

“He has also experienced tragedy, the death of a family member following a gun-related arrest. His brother Paul E. Donnelly hanged himself in a Laurens County, S.C., jail in 2000 after he was arrested on charges that included assault with intent to kill, according to records reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.

“In a lengthy interview with The Bee on Friday, Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, talked about his brother’s death and his own struggles with suicidal thoughts. On the subject of gun ownership, he said ‘everything I have is legal’ but wouldn’t say how many guns he owns or whether they are registered.

“’I find gun registration to be offensive,’ Donnelly said. ‘I think gun registration is simply so that someday the government can confiscate it.’

The rest of the article is here.

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4 Responses to Donnelly’s history with firearms marked by controversy, tragedy

  1. Tom Grundy says:

    Mad-libs: replace every occurrence of ‘gun’ and ‘firearm’ with ‘car’ – it really brings out the crazy. For some reason folks feel it’s ok to register cars but not to register guns. Last time I checked cars were related to several reports of injury and death as well. Cars don’t kill people, drivers kill people. Ergo, cars should have no regulation. Right? Logic! See, I should be governor!
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    “Tim Donnelly, who has made car rights a centerpiece of his campaign for governor, has a complicated history with cars,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

    “The Legislature’s most outspoken Second Amendment advocate, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors after carrying a loaded car into Ontario International Airport in 2012, and he acknowledged recently that the car was not registered in his name.

    “As he’s traveled the state in recent months, he has handled and fired cars at campaign events, raising questions about whether he was complying with the terms of his probation.

    “He has also experienced tragedy, the death of a family member following a car-related arrest. His brother Paul E. Donnelly hanged himself in a Laurens County, S.C., jail in 2000 after he was arrested on charges that included assault with intent to kill, according to records reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.

    “In a lengthy interview with The Bee on Friday, Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, talked about his brother’s death and his own struggles with suicidal thoughts. On the subject of car ownership, he said ‘everything I have is legal’ but wouldn’t say how many cars he owns or whether they are registered.

    “’I find car registration to be offensive,” Donnelly said. “I think car registration is simply so that someday the government can confiscate it.’

    • Douglas Keachie. says:

      When the government confiscates your car, because you registered it and they know you’ve got one or more, you won’t be able to drive anywhere to shoot somebody. Evil forward thinking government! BTW, have any of these nuts considered the logistics involved in confiscation the 80 or so million guns around the country. All of LE and all of the military, mobilized to do it would be over 100 confiscations per officer. Just how do they think this would happen?

  2. Chip Wilder says:

    The pro-gun zealots who occupy the statehouses appeared to let up after the schoolhouse gun massacre in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. But as the country enters a new election cycle, the gun lobby is prodding lawmakers for even more advantageous laws, despite growing evidence that Stand Your Ground, far from protecting the public, hobbles prosecutors and gives defense lawyers unwarranted leeway to invoke self-defense in a mockery of law and order.
    The number of justifiable-homicide cases in Florida has jumped by 200 percent since enactment of the law, according to a survey of F.B.I. data by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-safety group alarmed by the way the statehouses run roughshod over community gun controls.
    Justifiable-homicide cases rose 83 percent in Georgia, where the House’s deplorable gun bill has now moved to the Senate, where the gun lobby is busily at work. Georgians should stand up for sanity and rebuff the latest threat to public safety from lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby.

    Were killing each other in the name of more guns, leaving nothing but a trail of victims and grieving relatives…….

  3. jeffpelline says:

    Only 85 people went to this event at Alta Sierra Country Club, according to The Union, though the paper still wrote a story about it. Not one mention of Donnelly’s recent controversies with firearms — front page news in the L.A. Times and Bee. Our little hometown newspaper is the “Tea Party Gazette.” How pitiful – and insular.

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