Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bipartisan Majority in Congress Signs NRA Brief

As reported earlier, the NRA has filed a brief in support of incorporation of the Second Amendment under the Fourteenth Amendment, thereby making it apply to state and local laws just like the rest of the Bill of Rights. The NRA has now stated that an “overwhelming, bipartisan majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate” have endorsed their brief.

The exact numbers are 251 Congressional Representatives and 58 Senators – and the full list can be found at the end of the PDF version of the brief. Of the 251 Representatives signing the brief, at least 81 of them are Democrats (32%), so we are indeed seeing some bi-partisan support in the House. The story is almost identical in the Senate with 19 Democrats signing the brief (also 32%).

I encourage everyone to go read the list of names to determine if your Senators and Representative are on the list. If they’re on the list, please take the time to write them and thank them for standing up for your rights. If they’re not on the list, then please write them and ask that they uphold the Constitution and sign onto the amicus brief.

It’s encouraging to see a strong majority supporting our Second Amendment rights in the House and Senate, though it’s still amazing to see how far we’ve come from Framers’ intent, and how many of our representatives are hostile to our basic rights as Americans. The decision next year will have wide-reaching implications for laws across this nation, and could be the death knell for the “collective right” interpretation of the Second Amendment. If the Court rules for incorporation, expect bans from Massachusetts to California to be challenged – and for the first time in many decades the overwhelming body of precedent would be on our side.

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