NSSF: U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo Talks Second Amendment

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) was recently invited to a sit down with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to discuss his position and record on the Second Amendment, shooting sports, and hunting. The following is an open letter Sen. Crapo sent to the NSSF’s members.

Idaho senator Mike Crapo

“Preserving our legal rights to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment has been a cornerstone of my public service representing Idaho sportsmen and women.”

Preserving our legal rights to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment has been a cornerstone of my public service representing Idaho sportsmen and women. I was introduced to shooting sports and hunting at an early age by both my father and my older brothers. Hunting was a big part of my teenage years and continues to this day.

Idaho has excellent habitat for hunting, whether for elk, birds or other species. Knowing how to use firearms responsibly is a way of life for most of us. I hunt most often for waterfowl but also enjoy trap, skeet and sporting clays shooting to hone my skills when I cannot be in the forests and rangelands of Idaho.

While many of us understand the responsible use of firearms as a way of life and of providing meat for the freezer, we have to be vigilant against efforts to strip law-abiding Americans of their right to keep and bear arms.

As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, I recently called out the leaders of several financial institutions on their efforts to thwart legal commerce regarding arms and ammunition. I fought the executive branch when the last Administration sought to take guns away from veterans and others who did nothing more than tell bureaucrats that they were turning their financial affairs over to their spouse or another family member.

I introduced legislation to stop federal policies aimed at choking guns and ammunition businesses off from the banking sector, which became known as “Operation Choke Point.” And, I successfully passed legislation allowing the unrestricted passage of legal firearms when traveling across federally-owned lands.

While most of us enjoy and appreciate the responsible, legal use of firearms for protection and sporting use, we must stand strong against efforts to weaken the legal rights put in place by our Founding Fathers under the Second Amendment. I will continue to make that a bedrock part of my public service to Idahoans and Americans.

Do you support Sen. Crapo’s positions on firearms and hunting? Tell us why in the comment section.

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Comments (16)

    • Kirk B Mullins

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      I’m not sure if Mr. Crapo knows what the 2nd Amendment is all about. It has nothing to with hunting. It has to do with the prevention of tyranny by the government. Hunting with fire arms & shooting sports are not rights. Defending self, family, state with firearms is a right. Overthrowing a tyrannical government by the use of arms is a right. It’s the last resort when all other means have proven noneffective.

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  • LasVegasBret

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    “we must stand strong against efforts to weaken the legal rights put in place by our Founding Fathers under the Second Amendment.”

    Rights do NOT come from the Constitution.

    Rights do NOT come from amendments.

    We are BORN with rights — we ALL have the same rights.

    Governments are instituted to *secure* (i.e. protect) those rights.

    I’m very concerned how few people actually know that simple and basic concept (I don’t think any supreme Court justice know it, and I find very few legislators that understand it). It is all clearly described in the first few sentences of the Declaration of Independence, upon which our nation was founded.

    Rights can’t be weakened, they can only be stolen. The protections of our natural right to keep and bear arms, the right to self defense, etc. have all been weakened by an incompetent legislative and legal system.

    Where I get Sen. Crapo’s point, we need to always be sure that we speak of and stand for the truth. If we continue to refer to Second Amendment Rights, we delude ourselves into thinking that the right comes from Amendment II, and if Amendment II is repealed, so is the right. NOTHING is further from the truth. Amendment II explicitly *protects* the preexisting right. Repeal Amendment II, the (explicit) protection may be gone, but the right remains there and in full force. Spread the word.

    Have a nice day.

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    • ThisEnd^

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      @ LasVegaBret

      Try taking you’re “BORN” Given Rights to a Country like the PRC, and see how far it gets you…

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    • Kirk B Mullins

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      Rights can’t be weakened, they can only be stolen. The protections of our natural right to keep and bear arms, the right to self defense, etc. have all been weakened by an incompetent legislative and legal system.

      They can only be stolen by force. They are most often given away by ignorant people that don’t even know what they are, or that they have them.

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  • longshorts

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    Every financial institution should be forced by law to not restrict their members in any way. Also, every financial institution should be forced by law to not infringe on their members rights under the Constitution. Citicorp, Chase, Wells Fargo, and all others should be forced to follow their members best interests as defined by all their depositors wishes, not by arbitrary decisions that are illegal and unconstitutional. If I wanted to buy a fully automatic suppressed AK-47 with my Citicorp credit card, then Citicorp should encourage me to do so with no restrictions or excessive interest rates. Citicorp should not restrict the business of my choice from carrying this item in their business. Fair trade is the basis of our economy, and banks like Citicorp should never try to restrict commerce because of “political incorrectness”.

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  • Chuck Cochran

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    Amen Stephen.

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  • Mahatma Muhjesbude

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    Anyone not yet cognitively deceased by totalitarian deep state brainwashing knows that the Marxist Tyrannists rely on incremental unconstitutional fiat laws, aka, ‘gun control creep’ to eventually reach a tipping point of universal bans on private gun ownership here, as witnessed in other totalitarian countries like the UK, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Venezuela, Most of Europe, and the world, where their governments then no longer fear any serious armed dissent from criminal efforts to dominate and tax the populate.

    Therefore the specious notion and fraudulent practice here of minimalizing illegal gun laws as ‘reasonable gun control’ measures, not ‘really’ violating the 2nd/A, is an outright criminal lie.

    The conclusion being that there simply cannot be ANY compromise, capitulation, equivocations concerning the core meaning of what ‘Shall NOT Be Infringed’ means, which is totally and completely unabridged uninhibited possession of firearms by Americans, if you want to stop their incessent obsession with disarming us. And this includes reversing and repealing ALL current gun laws, which in fact, are illegal in the first place. Otherwise, they’ll eventually take away your guns and there won’t be anything you can do about it once it’s too late.

    Since this politician does not specify or articulate an ‘Absolute No Compromise’ stance like the ones voiced in the ‘Gun Owners of America’ organization, anything he says means relatively nothing.

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  • WILDBILL

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    Sounds as if the congressman can actually read and does read. I like his views and support him fully. What’s not to understand about SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

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  • Randy Shikashio

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    I support your efforts to stop efforts by the Federals using Banks to stop legal businesses such as firearms and accessory business. However, this is not enough Banks such as Bank of America, Citi and other Major Banks have decided on their own to get into the political arena and to stop doing businesses with legal firearms and accessory businesses. These businesses have excepted taxpayer money to get bailed out and now are trying to destroy our Second Amendment Rights by trying to destroy Gun businesses and even organizations like the NRA bt denying access to the financial institutions.

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  • Roberto

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    Thank you Senator Crapo for your efforts to stop discriminatory and unlawful policies and practices against law abiding citizens exercising their unalienable rights. Please continue your good work in fighting for us and the preservation of our God given and constitutional rights.

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  • Spencer

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    I’m just glad I have enough hand loading supplies to last me until I die & 3000 rounds rimfire ammo. I rarely shoot rimfire anymore since I purchased a really nice FX-Cutlass 8-shot air rifle about 10 years ago.

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  • Stephen H. Thomas

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    I know the Senator was speaking to a “Sports” organization, BUT, when addressing the 2nd Amendment… the first comment should and always be that we have this right for defense… Nowhere in the amendment does it speak to hunting or shooting sports. Only one line in this article relating his talk spoke to this and it was the very last line which coupled “protection” with “sports.” This is the thinking of the globalist progressive left forces that have been seeking a worldwide small arms ban in the UN.
    Bottom LIne… It ain’t about sports. I don’t hunt and I don’t PLAY with firearms. IT IS ALL ABOUT OUR FREEDOM AND KEEPING IT.
    That should have been the Senator’s first comment.

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