by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
There are several items that Americans should keep their eyes on in 2018, and they each have to do with the rights of gun owners.
Awr Hawkins of Breitbart News listed four things that were begun in 2017 but failed to succeed. I’ll list them and comment on each one.
- National Reciprocity—National reciprocity for concealed carry passed the House on December 6, 2017. It was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on January 3, 2017, then sat idly until conservatives were able to overcome Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) stonewalling. Now it has gone to the Senate, where it sat idly throughout December, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) busied himself with other things. National reciprocity must be the number one priority in 2018 for supporters of the Second Amendment, as it will fix the cumbersome patchwork of laws that concealed carry permit holders currently face as they travel.
National Reciprocity sounds good, right? It makes a federal law that every state has to recognize every other state’s concealed carry permit. That sounds great, right?
Well, yeah, it sounds good to those who are used to asking the government permission to enjoy and exercise a God-given right protected under the Second Amendment, but that’s just it, isn’t it? Isn’t national reciprocity embedded in the Second Amendment?
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Now, consider that the Second Amendment does not state a limitation on whether you carry open or concealed or have a rifle slung across your back. It says that right “shall not be infringed.” It shouldn’t be infringed by government for money, taking classes, jumping through hoops, background checks or anything else. It is a right given to you by the Creator, not permitted by government.
What many have not thought through is that if this is implemented at the federal level, what will stop the feds from building a database of who has these permits and thus who has guns? Nothing. After all, the argument will be made that DC needs the database to ensure the concealed carry permit holder is legitimate in the state they are from. Sure, there could be a simple check with the state, but you know how DC works.
This actually could be dealt with quite simply by DC repealing any and all gun laws, which it has unconstitutionally written, and enforce the protections of the rights of gun owners on the states that have also flagrantly disregarded the rights of gun owners. As someone has so aptly stated, “The Second Amendment is my concealed carry permit.”
We don’t need to fix “patchwork of laws.” We need to demand that those laws are repealed and the Second Amendment trump those usurpations.
Anyways, that’s the first item.
- Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Veterans—On March 16, 2017, the House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans. The ban is structured in a manner similar to Barack Obama’s Social Security gun ban inasmuch as it allows bureaucrats to flag military disability recipients who require help with their finances. Those flagged recipients are then turned over to the National Instance Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and barred from purchasing firearms for self-defense. Although the House voted to repeal the ban, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues never took up the measure for a vote.
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