ACRU recently filed two amicus briefs with the Supreme Court questioning whether lifetime bans on firearm ownership in cases where citizens were convicted of non-violent crimes is constitutional as applied. In separate cases, a woman convicted of tax fraud in 2011 and a man convicted of misdemeanor DUI in 2005 were blocked from firearm purchases after they satisfied their sentences and have been law-abiding since. In both cases, ACRU argues these convictions should not block the right of these Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The right to bear arms is enshrined in our Constitution. Liberals treat it as a policy issue rather than a right and pass laws blocking individual right to self-defense. Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is challenging DC gun laws that only allow unloaded guns in Congressional offices and none on the streets. We expect the DC government to take legal action. This may end in a Supreme Court challenge.
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“Our desperate lack of civic literacy and understanding of the principles of our U.S. Constitution is never greater than when the Second Amendment is involved,” notes Derek Cohen, our colleague at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In explaining the court’s role in a three-branch system of government, he affirms our right to bear arms as well. We couldn’t have put it any better.
For years, liberals have told Americans they do not need guns because the police have guns. But now many leftists advocate defunding police altogether. This brings serious public policy questions. In Leftist Land, who exactly would have guns? And who is responsible for protecting Americans?
Cities continue to descend into leftist chaos while people are attacked in their homes and in restaurants. August 2020 gun sales rose 58% over August 2019 gun sales. Even in California, lawful citizen activists are demanding 2nd Amendment Sanctuary laws so that the law abiding can defend themselves against lawless masses who seem to be increasing in numbers on a daily basis.
For decades, Ninth Circuit Court leftist judges stood athwart Constitutional freedoms and yelled “stop!” Since President Trump replaced a third of its activist judges, its decisions have changed. This includes a recent pro-Second Amendment decision slapping down a magazine ban by California politicians. The “new 9th” has reminded California that its citizens are still protected by the federal Constitution.
Ms. Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt likes to write letters to the editor, and for that we are grateful. We like to circle back to first principles at ACRU, and Ms. Nottrodt’s latest Washington Times letter on foundational property rights vs. anti-rule of law destructive Marxism is right on the money. Property rights rule no. 1? “Don’t touch other peoples’ stuff.”
With power vested in her by New York’s political leftists, NY AG Letitia James is suing the NRA for what she’s decided are too many executive “perks,” over which she has no authority. NRA has a Constitutional right to conduct business according to its by-laws, and its members have a right to complain if they don’t like it. But she wants to close down the NRA entirely, so it’s not about specific executives. We suspect her blatant attempt to discourage Second Amendment voters will be a gross misfire.
We love our veterans and we love this idea. In the past, the American Legion and other veterans groups participated in civics education for young people. Now that civics education has gone the way of the Dodo Bird in public schools, why not bring this mission back? Are you involved in a local AL or VFW post? If so, we hope you’ll consider some of the suggestions in this piece.
Another liberal city is attempting to restrict the rights of its lawful, gun owning citizens to arm themselves in public. Although Virginia has a right to open carry law, the city of Newport News doesn’t want to honor it and will vote on a restrictive new law in mid-July. Gun grabbers learned that a national gun grab is too loud and obvious, so they chip away at the local level. Heads up; don’t let them.