Wednesday, May 20, 2009

National Park Ban Abolished!

For once the political system seems to be working in our favor. Gun Owners of America is reporting that both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have now both passed versions of the credit card industry reform bill containing an Amendment that abolishes the gun ban on National Park Service land as well as wildlife refuges. The Interior Department had abolished this ban near the end of Bush’s term in December. Unfortunately the Brady Campaign sued and a shopped the case to an activist judge who struck down the Interior Department’s regulation. The Interior Department, now under the Obama administration, declined to appeal the decision.

The Amendment, originally offered by Senator Coburn of Oklahoma is quite simple. According the GOA press release:

“GOA worked with Coburn on an amendment that simply allows for state and local laws -- instead of unelected bureaucrats and anti gun activist judges -- to govern firearm possession on these lands.”

This is not a radical concept – it is, in fact a true “common sense” firearm regulation. It prevents individuals from accidentally breaking the law as the boundaries between state and local land (and regulations) and Federal land (and its own set of regulations) are frequently indistinct. The Bill now goes to President Obama for signature, and he’ll undoubtedly sign as the credit card bill is a centerpiece of his domestic economic agenda.

This bill represents a victory for supporters of the Bill of Rights, but it also represents yet another blow to those opposed to the Second Amendment. Representative McCarthy was upset that this bill had been “hijacked.” To his credit, Representative Rob Bishop responded out that “gun control is the policy of tyrants, as evidenced by the British attempt to confiscate firearms at Lexington and Concord in 1775.”

The bottom line is that even in this hostile political climate, we as gun owners, Second Amendment supporters, and patriots are making a positive impact on national policy. We continue to win in the courts, and we’re starting to gain a steady stream of victories in the various legislatures as well. Support for the Second Amendment continues to become more bi-partisan. The key is keeping up the good work. Those opposed to our Rights are well-funded, entrenched, and will not remain idle.

Until next time!!!

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