I believe I have made clear my view Federalism, and the 10th amendment. I believe that states ought to make the vast majority of their own decisions. But, this bill is supported by the Bill of Rights. The second amendment is very clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Certain states have restricted that right in violation of our constitution, and this bill could help in correcting that
Earlier this week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Bill 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow Americans to conceal carry a firearm across state lines.
“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Cornyn said in a statement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”
Both the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) came out in favor of SB 446.
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, said in a statement. “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”
Bob Owens has shared some of his views on federal gun laws, and the second amendment.
I don’t want more federal gun laws, but instead want the federal gun laws that exist (the National Firearms Act of 1934, Gun Control Act of 1968, etc) repealed or declared unconstitutional.
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.
Based upon my plain reading of the Second Amendment, in the broader context of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as written and accepted in the early 1790s, along with the broadsheets, letters, and other collected historical documents of the Founding Fathers, it is very clear that they meant that the federal government had no roll at all when it came to determining the arms and ordnance owned by the American people.
Frankly, I share these views and would prefer that the states simply follow the Constitution. I do not believe the States possess a right to restrict the second amendment anymore than I believe they can restrict freedoms of religion, assembly, or speech. The supreme law of our land is the United States Constitution, as it is written. If that document does not touch on a subject, such as defining marriage for example, then those decisions are clearly left up to the individual states.