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Preserving our Second Amendment right

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nebraskans have long held rights granted by the Constitution close to our hearts -- especially the Second Amendment right to bear arms. In total, an estimated 90 million Americans own more than 200 million guns. Many are used for sport and hunting, others are collectors' items, and still more are used for self-defense and security.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." While the words of the Bill of Rights were written more than 200 years ago, it is clear our founders wrote the document carefully. The principles of free speech, states' rights, and private property were intended to be central to our nation. Similarly, the founders understood the right to bear arms was a basic freedom and ought to be a lasting, protected privilege of all Americans.

Unfortunately, the federal government continues to put regulations in place which limit this constitutional right. These regulations need reform, so I recently became a cosponsor of two important bills to prevent infringement upon the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The National Right to Carry Reciprocity (H.R. 822) would allow any person with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state which issues concealed firearm permits or does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. A state's laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within its borders. This legislation would not create a federal licensing system; rather, it would require states to recognize each others' carry permits, just as they recognize drivers' licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.

In addition to H.R. 822, I am a cosponsor of the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act (H.R. 420). During World War II and the Korean War, many veterans acquired war relic firearms, which was a lawful practice at the time. However, under current law if these firearms are not registered in the National Firearms Registrations and Transfer Record, veterans or their heirs may be convicted of illegal possession. Veterans, service members, and their families make countless sacrifices to defend our freedom and should have the opportunity to openly register these firearms without penalty. This bill would provide a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between June 26, 1934, and October 31, 1968, without fear of prosecution.

Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus as well as a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, I am committed to support legislation which protects the constitutional rights of all law-abiding, gun-owning Americans.

For more information about Second Amendment issues, the latest developments from Congress, or to sign up for my e-mail newsletter, please visit my website at www.adriansmith.house.gov.

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isnt there something in the second ammendment about "well regulated militia"? Could you site the whole thing next time and not one snippit

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 7:17 AM

While I am one of the estimated 90 million gun owning Americans and a staunch supporter of the Constitution, you lost me with your first sentence: "...rights granted by the Constitution..." Our rights are not "granted" by the Constitution. Our rights are natural and they existed before the Constitution was written. The founding fathers understood this and as a U.S. Representative, you should too!

-- Posted by Secular Humanist on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 7:20 AM


good ted nugent stuff

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 10:35 AM

bigdawg - it says: "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.:

That being said, the supreme court ruled that citizens have the right to bear arms independent to belonging to a milita.

-- Posted by Mickel on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 6:14 PM

thats fine i guess, as long as they are well regulated

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 6:43 PM

Yes, regulations make for a more regulated militia.

-- Posted by Mickel on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 7:58 PM

we will have to agree to disagree

-- Posted by president obama on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 1:39 PM

I agree that we disagree. However, I disagree with disagreement for the sake of agreement.

-- Posted by Mickel on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 4:59 PM

The US Constitution does not grant rights, our Creator does.

-- Posted by Mike in Kansas on Sun, May 15, 2011, at 9:12 PM

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