Weekly Column: Protecting Idaho’s Second Amendment Rights

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25 October 2021

Guest column submitted by US Senator Mike Crapo

The second amendment to our Constitution reads: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to own and bear arms must not be infringed. I firmly believe that this provision prohibits the federal government from denying this right to citizens. Overburdening the law-abiding citizens of this country with additional gun restrictions is not the answer to protecting the public.

As gun control advocates continue to seek creative ways to advance their agenda, both through legislation and litigation, and the administration has taken steps to target gun owners. Law-abiding firearms Instead of cracking down on perpetrators of growing crime across the country, I continue to oppose all efforts to weaken Second Amendment rights. I am taking a number of steps in this Congress to protect the Second Amendment:

  • I reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act, which would reclassify suppressors to regulate them like a regular firearm. The measure would benefit Idaho recreational firearms users by providing better access to hearing protection equipment.
  • With my fellow U.S. Senator from Idaho Jim Risch and 46 colleagues, I urged the Biden administration to rescind its notice of proposed regulation targeting pistol suspenders. In June 2020, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released a proposed rule that would subject nearly any configuration of cross-braced firearms to tax and registration requirements that would turn millions of people over. Law-abiding Americans as criminals. overnight, and is the largest executive-imposed firearms registration and confiscation program in American history.
  • I joined with colleagues in the Senate in reintroducing the Federal Firearms License Holders (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to tackle the growing number of smash-and-grab thefts targeting gun dealers. federally licensed firearms. In 2020, around 6,000 firearms were seized in FFL burglaries and robberies nationwide. This common sense legislation aims to deter the theft of firearms from authorized firearms dealers, importers and manufacturers by strengthening criminal penalties for such offenses.
  • With Senator Risch, I co-sponsored the Concealed Carriage Reciprocity Constitution Act. This legislation would allow anyone legally authorized to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to exercise that right in any other state that allows the practice.
  • Senator Risch and I co-sponsored the ATF Accountability Act, which would create an appeal process for the firearms industry to ensure that manufacturers are not subjected to runaway bureaucratic decisions and owners of guns legitimate firearms are not left in the dark about the legal status of their firearms.
  • I co-sponsored the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act which would allow a person to transport a firearm or ammunition from any location where the person can legally possess or transport the firearm or ammunition to any other location whether during transport the firearm is unloaded and secured.

Over the years, the Second Amendment has sparked much discussion, but it has still been part of our Constitution since its ratification with the first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights) that came into effect on December 15, 1791. In June 2008, the Court Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that there is an individual right to own and bear arms, as stated in the Second Amendment. As Americans, we must protect and preserve our constitutional right to bear arms. I will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken Second Amendment rights and work to protect them in the United States Senate.

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