Kansas Leads the Way on Second Amendment

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Fire Arms, Legislative Issues

Below is some information from Ron Calzone on the Second Amendment Preservation Act.

Our legislators need to hear that we are the Show Me State, and they need to “Show Me” that they support freedom:

The Kansas Senate passed the “Second Amendment Protection Act”, SB 102 (35 to 4) and in the House the identical HB 2199 (96 to 24). In Kansas, that means all that’s left is the signature of pro-gun Governor Sam Brownback.

Click here to read the story in the New American.

“With Kansas SB 102 likely to become law before the end of the week, other states considering similar measures will no doubt be encouraged. The “piling on” effect is likely to continue to stifle federal attempts to trample sacred and precious rights. By beating the first path through the snow, the Kansas legislation is only going to make it easier for other states to follow suit, passing similar laws and strengthening those already on their books.” — New American 04/08/2013

Like Missouri’s HB 436 and SB 325, the Kansas bill is careful to lay out a principled, constitutional argument in a declaratory statement which cites the 9th and 10th as well as the 2nd Amendment.

Does the Missouri General Assembly have the guts to take bold action, like Kansas? The slow movement of our own Second Amendment Preservation Act indicates maybe it doesn’t, but perhaps our neighbors to the west will be a source of encouragement!

Sam Brownback isn’t our governor, so the Missouri General Assembly would be wise to pass HB 436 or SB 325 with plenty of time to override a veto during this legislative session.

Here are two things you can do RIGHT NOW:

  1. Call your state Rep. and Senator today. Tell them we need to catch up to Kansas!  Tell them to pass this act so there’s time to overide a veto, if need be.
    House directory: http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
    Senate directory: http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/senateroster.htm
  2. Download, print and post the “I support Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act” poster. (Right sidebar) Send or hand deliver both your rep and senator a copy of the poster and ask them to post it in their office. Tell them that you expect them to deliver either HB 436 or SB 325 to the governor by April 24th, or you will doubt their commitment to protect our right to Keep and Bear Arms. Tell them you want results, not just effort, and if they can’t produce results to get out of the way and let others who will protect our rights take their office.

 

Details about HB 436 & SB 325

Since the 10th Amendment makes it clear that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the People, the regulation of the ownership of arms is a state, not a federal matter.

That applies to ALL such regulation.

Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is the strongest and most principled protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation!.

Notice that it utilizes the words of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to explain Missouri’s authority to nullify unconstitutional federal edicts within her borders. Including this language is essential to the success of the bill. It also specifically lists the types of things we will not put up with, and that’s what gives state officials the “cover” they need to enforce the bill.

Tenth Amendment Center article about HB 436.

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