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Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus

Representative Thomas MAssie

Gun owners and shooting enthusiasts are looking forward to the next President in hopes of a friendlier Executive Branch when it comes to matters of the Second Amendment. For maximum effectiveness, the President needs the support of the Legislative Branch and to that effort, a group of U.S. Representatives, led by Congressman Thomas Massie, launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.

Representative Thomas MAssie
Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Here is the full release from Rep Thomas Massie’s office: “The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated.

“Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. “I’m honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.” “With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, economist and author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.

“While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature,” said attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The following congressmen are founding members of the caucus: Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Brian Babin (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ken Buck (R-CO), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Jody Hice (R-GA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY). Caucus members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of the Second Amendment.

In addition to drafting and sponsoring pro-gun legislation, members of the Second Amendment Caucus will invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus.

Eligibility for membership in the Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a U.S. Representative’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.

The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.

What message would you like to send to the Second Amendment Caucus? Share it in the comment section.

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Comments (28)

  1. The Liberals are relentless! They hate this country, and what it represents, hate democracy, and liberty. They will not stop trying to stiff us with their ideology, and stifle our freedom. They also hate our corporate system. Had they their choice, our Second Amendment would disappear, along with our First Amendment. Once that’s occurred, their goal is to turn us all alike as world wide prisoner puppets, ruled by the elites.

    Hillary was supposed to complete (finish) what Obama has started. Now that she has been short-circuited, the picture has changed. Better make the best of of it! As I said before, Liberals are relentless. They will continue to nibble at our freedom, one chink at a time. So hang on to your key to freedom, hang on to your guns, and religion. Stay ahead of the game. And don’t capitulate to the left’s tricks or demands. They have no interest in your welfare.

  2. Please give us CCW IN NJ
    And higher mag capacity!
    The Antiguan Democrats are taking away what rights we have left
    Brick by brick.

  3. Maybe we should borrow a page from the liberal playbook…

    How about 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Cities where we can have any gun we want and infinite capacity magazines???

  4. Please pass a bill to abolish the unconstitutional National Firearms Act of 1934, the Federal Firearms Act of 1938 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. Please either abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or privatize it as a convenience store chain.

  5. I agree with Jacob, Nevada is another State being attacked by Liberal Anti Gunners. The latest was the Bloomberg Suppported State Proposion “Question 1” that passed. “No Private Gun Transfers” without going to a local Gun Store to pay a fee for background check. This is Law for the next 3 years and there is nothing we can do about it! Most of the Sheriffs in Nevada were against this Legislation except for the Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo who remaining silent. Now they are looking forward to having another “Question 1” in 2017 to Outlaw High Capacity Magazines. They have the support of the only Sheriff in the large County of Las Vegas, Joe Lombardo who recently said that High Capacity Magazines have no place in the State. Sheriff Joe Lombardo was a so called supporter of the NRA before we discoverred that he is really a supporter of California type Gun Laws. (See Recent Article in the Vegas Sun Newspaper). Nevada is a Red State except for Reno & Las Vegas with the most population, voteding Blue.
    California started the same way by the Anti Gunners slowly chipping away at our Gun Rights.(The back door)
    I wish there is a way to stop this Trend. Its got to stop before its too late.

  6. I for one would like to see the overturning of certain states draconian gun legislation, and we all know where they are and what they are doing to citizens rights. A dissolution of the ATF and several other alphabet soup agencies that have been formed as a FIX for problems that don’t really exist. Any one agency that can create laws with out any oversight or regulation need to be shut down.

  7. I now the Republican party believes in allowing states to run their own state, however: if liberal states ie. California, and others are doing everything they can to suppress the freedoms and rights of it’s residence, than I think the federal Government needs to step in and squash those efforts. The gun enthusiasts in this country have suffered enough of this garbage, and it’s time to gather all of the pro gun groups like the NRA and begin to go on the offensive instead of always being on the defense. The anti-gun idiots have spread their lies and propaganda long enough.

    1. Please folks, let’s at least take the time to spell check and use basic English grammar rules when we comment. If you are unsure about your sentence structure, proper word choice, etc., ask someone for help. When we are sloppy in advancing our cause, we do more harm than good. Speak out! Battle anti-gunners well and proper.

    2. I most heartily agree, Joe. I recognize that in our haste to post our feelings we may get a bit sloppy with our spelling and grammar, but it doesn’t take but a minute or two longer to proof read what we have written. AND…..The lasting impression that we can leave with improper usage of our language can work against us even more than what we are trying to say. As I cruise the Internet, I often see some comments that I would like to post with supporting comments, but I am usually put off from doing so when the original comment or meme is rife with grammatical errors and misspelling.

      What we say may be important, but how we say it and how it is viewed by those who are trying to decide their own actions with regard to our comments, can be equally as compelling to the reader.

  8. Good points made by all.

    My largest concern is the illegal gun owner database being maintained by the FBI since the days of Bill Clinton, ostensibly for reasons of “data backup.”

    All purchases of firearms go through the FBI’s “National Instant Criminal Background Check System” (NICS) and this data is backed up nightly, which I have no problem with. However those backups are supposed to be purged forever after 24-48 hour and hasn’t been happening since slick Willie was in office – they’re kept forever. As these backups could easily be restored, we effectively have a master list of every legal gun owner in the USA, something that could be used for nationwide confiscation if/when we get someone like HRC in the Whitehouse.

    The fact that this list exists scares the crap out of me.

    The government maintaining a list of legal gun owners is specifically forbidden by the constitution, and yet they’re still doing it. I’d like to see the 2nd Amendment Caucus focus on first purging all those backups, then secondly insuring the NICS is never used in this way again.

  9. I am a major proponent of concealed carry for self defense and the state in which I live (CA) is making it more difficult each year. I believe that concealed carry should be allowed by the Constitution on a National level!

  10. The only thing I’d like to know is how can any law that has been passed not be an infringement on the right to keep and bare arms as I see it any gun law is an infringement on your right

  11. We have actually too many laws about firearms on the books and they need to be trimmed. Yes everyone wishing to purchase a firearm should be required to have a background check to prevent felons, the mentally ill from obtaining firearms. All others, and they do not need a reason, should be allowed to purchase a firearm. Additionally they should be allowed to carry a firearm concealed everywhere with the exception of Courthouses, Police Stations, Polling places, and other Government Offices, and those PRIVATE establishments that choose not to have weapons in their building. This DOES NOT include restaurants and stores that are open to the public! Silencers should be totally legal and not subject to these punishing Federal Taxes. Neither should any semi-automatic firearm or former military or otherwise purpose built fully automatic firearm.

    1. Why should there be exceptions to where a legitimate, sane carrier of a firearm can carry his or her weapon? I am patently in opposition to the idea that free, legitimate, sane citizens must be restricted from carrying in courthouses, police stations, polling places, and other government offices…..including public schools. By making these venues “gun free” the invitation is being extended to any lunatic or criminal to go there and shoot the place up, since there will be no opposition to the attacker. As far as I can see, those enumerated venues are no different from any other public place that is maintained using public funds…..AKA taxes. As far as private establishments that are open to the public (restaurants, shopping malls, churches, etc) are concerned, I believe that it is incumbent on the management of said establishments to pose no barrier to lawful carry of firearms. That said, if such an establishment does prohibit lawful carry, the lawful carrier can simply choose to take his or her business elsewhere to an establishment that respects the Second Amendment rights of We The People.

      While I question the need of howitzers, recoilless rifles, rocket launchers, and such by people, there should be no restrictions on what types of firearms may be owned and used by lawful citizens. Suppressors/silencers actually have beneficial purposes in cutting the noise levels of discharging firearms…..thus providing a hedge against hearing loss and noise nuisances. AND…..If a person is so moved to own and use a full automatic weapon, I see no need to restrict that either. In most cases, the large ammunition consumption rates of automatic weapons might likely rein in their continued frequent use.

    2. Jim seems to have missed the underlying premise for the 2nd Amendment as envisioned by the FF. I suggest you go back and learn why modern weapons are necessary for the citizens to keep and bear.

  12. I am encouraged with the rebirth of the Second Amendment Caucus. That said, as I am basically mistrusting of career politicians, I will watch and see what actually develops. I recall that there was much hope advanced with the drafting of the bill which would become the FOPA…..Firearms Owners’ Protection Act…..only to find that some significant provisions of that bill were trashed in the interest of political expediency to make the bill palatable to the entire Congress. One of the major aspects of our Second Amendment rights continues to be that we are encumbered by the red tape that goes with reciprocity of concealed carry licensure between the states.

    One of the very first items that should be dealt with by the Second Amendment Caucus is the refinement of licensure of concealed carry to match that of licensed driving of motor vehicles. It makes no sense whatsoever that driving…..a privilege…..enjoys such reciprocity while bearing of arms…..a Constitutionally affirmed natural right…..remains unreciprocated.

    I also see a need to undo the restrictions imposed by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. Our nation has made significant progress, in the past couple of decades, were by the rights of We The People to keep and bear arms are ripe for the full benefits of US Citizenship that so many have proven to be well deserved. Let’s get on with it.

  13. The news coming out of the pre-Trump Presidency keeps getting better and better!
    One of the first things on their agenda should be to repeal EVERY law that infringe on the RIGHT to “keep and bear arms”.
    The second thing would be to repeal all of Obama’s anti gun and unconstitutional executive orders.
    The third thing they should do is to establish a country – wide concealed carry law based on one’s approval to purchase a pistol.
    God Bless America, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    PS, The above mentioned suggestions to the Caucus is not listed in order of importance, just support the 2nd Amendment!

  14. Isn’t this a Contradiction in Terms? “Woody” claims that National Firearms Act is Nearly as Dead as a Dinosaur and yet there’s need of a 2nd Amendment Caucus?/!

  15. I’ve never been able to figure out what people mean by phrases like, “reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment.” The Constitution doesn’t give us the right to bear arms. That right is an unalienable right. It comes from God and nature. It can’t be taken away by man or by man-made laws. Black’s 4th Ed (law dictionary) says that unalienable rights cannot be transferred, sold or taken away by any means. We can’t even consent them away. The Constitution acts only as a reminder that the unalienable right exists. If there was not Constitution, we would still have the lawful right to bear arms and protect ourselves. Don’t hand your protection over to the government under any conditions – it’s your right !!!

  16. I am also disappointed that my representative Mike Pompeo or another representative from Kansas are not on the list of members.

  17. I hope that they free silencers, to be purchased on the open market, and stop the Gov’t from extracting the $200 from poor people.
    I hope that they get rid of some ridiculous rules concerning short barrel rifles, and the $200 required to use such a firearm. This also goes for pistols which can be shouldered. Those rules were created on a whim by some un-elected official.
    I hope that they fire the BATF dummies who with Obama, sent firearms to Mexico, to prop up a political agenda, and causing the deaths of many people.
    I hope that they roll back the rules for setting up a Gun Trust. Obama went out of his way to make things so difficult to establish such a trust.
    This also applies to the rules for obtaining the stamps for special firearms.

    Who will take up the banner to make these things happen?

  18. You asked what message I would send to the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. Here it is and I hope that the good Congresspeople will have the opportunity to read it.

    Congressman Massie, I welcome you to your new position. We have never in my 74 years had such an opportunity to undo so many misguided laws regarding the possession and use of firearms as we will under President Trump. I am personally chagrined that no Representative from my state of Nevada has seen fit to join the Second Amendment Caucus. Hopefully that will change.

    There are a few salient points to be made regarding the implementation of the Second Amendment, even though as an integral part of the Constitution of the USA it should need no separate implementation.

    1. Congress should pass a bill or resolution that has the force of law stating that the Second Amendment is the law of the land and that no state, territory, or Federal enclave shall have the power to restrict it in any way. This shall apply to all levels of government, civilian and military.

    2. Being that The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA 34) is a clear infringement on the Second Amendment, due to the facts that it is a confiscatory tax, and that it is a tax on a Constitutionally-protected right, it shall be declared immediately null and void. In the absence of NFA 34 the Hughes Amendment to the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA 86) shall become moot and entirely non-enforceable.

    3. The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA 68) is also a clear infringement on the Second Amendment and should therefore be repealed or recognized as unconstitutional and declared as non-enforceable.

    4. Pursuant to Article 4, Section 1 of the US Constitution, permits to carry concealed weapons issued by any state or other subdivision of the United States must be honored throughout the entire United States by all other such states or subdivisions thereof. Legislation or a resolution to this end, with the force of law and severe penalties for failure to abide by it should be a priority for Congress.

    Good luck in your efforts to make the Second Amendment the protection to the possession and use of arms that it was meant to be.

    1. You sir appear to be well versed where the Second Amendment is concerned. I and I am sure millions of others are in total agreement with you. I sincerely hope that President-elect DonaldTrump and the Congress will remove all the the infringements from the Second Amendment and recognize the fact that we the American people have and have always had the God given right to defend and protect ourselves. Once again. I and millions of others are in total agreement with you. Merry Christmas and God bless America.

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