(National Sentinel) Second Amendment: The framers of the Constitution intended for the Bill of Rights to serve as a recognition of the fundamental liberties, rights and freedoms of all Americans, regardless of politics and ideology.
One of the most fundamental of those is the right to “keep and bear arms” — for self-defense, as a bulwark against tyrannical government, and for other purposes. And yet, 241 years later, that fundamental right has been largely neutered in far too many places around our country.
Now one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, is working to restore that right to its founding with legislation that would once again guarantee a right to keep and bear arms, even in the heavily gun-controlled nations’ capital.
As reported by Breitbart News:
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is working to make concealed carry great again by pushing legislation that will force Washington bureaucrats to recognize a valid concealed carry permit from any state in the union.
This would quickly fix a situation like the nation witnessed on June 14, 2017, when a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia. Some of those lawmakers possess a concealed carry permit but were not able to have their guns with them because of the fact that they have to go in and out of Washington on daily basis.
Writing in the Highland County Press, Massie commented on his colleagues’ inability to be armed, saying, “Although Virginia extends reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders in many states, the members of Congress and accompanying staff traveled directly from D.C., and were traveling back to D.C after the practice was over.
“It was D.C.’s harsh gun control laws that prevented these law-abiding citizens from exercising their right to bear arms,” he wrote.
Congress, he said, must act to rectify the situation:
The right to keep and bear arms is the common person’s first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied. Congress has the authority to legislate in this area pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all cases whatsoever over such district as may become the seat of the government of the United States.”
Massie emphasized that his legislation is not Congress-specific, and should apply to every American with a concealed carry license.
“I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution,” he said.
His legislation—H.R. 2909—would mandate that a concealed carry permit from any state has to be recognized as valid for lawful carry in Washington, D.C., Breitbart reported.
Some would argue that forcing Americans to get a license in order to exercise a right that is supposedly guaranteed by the Constitution is itself and infringement on said right — and there’s a valid argument to be made there. Some states, like Missouri, no longer require residents to obtain a license; such “constitutional carry” laws, whereby residents who have not been convicted of certain crimes can carry a concealed weapon without a permit, are becoming increasingly popular.
But the premise of Massie’s legislation is sound, and as it happens, very necessary. It’s certainly a move in the right direction.