When we ignore the Constitution in our “righteous” quest to safeguard the 2nd Amendment, we are little better than the Bloomberg crowd.

Currently under consideration by Congress, the Conceal Carry Reciprocity Act (HR38) would expand our right to carry across State lines, compelling sovereign States to defer to federal authority in such matters.

Please understand that the ONLY authority over arms delegated to the federal government by the States is Art I Sec 8, Clause 16 which, per the Militia Act of 1792, empowers the feds to organize, arm and discipline the Militia. That’s it!!!

The 2nd Amendment was wisely intended by our founders to limit the federal government—not the States. It was intended to prohibit the federal government from regulating a citizen’s right to bear arms outside a citizen’s duty as a militia member.

So, while the feds may constitutionally protect a State citizen’s right to be armed in order to carry out his responsibility as a member of the State Militia, the federal government is not constitutionally empowered to in any way extend its authority beyond that specific purpose.

State Constitutions define their citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, and if a State Constitution inadequately protects citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, then citizens of that State are duty-bound to amend the State Constitution—NOT to encourage the federal Leviathan to superimpose 2nd Amendment desires on the States.

Though the Reciprocity Act is a wonderfully convenient remedy for conceal carry gun owners to carry across State lines unimpeded, the Act is blatantly unconstitutional. That must matter to us all, for if we permit the feds to illegitimately grant “rights”, at a future date the feds may just as easily deny those “rights”, reducing God-given and constitutional rights to nothing more than federal “privileges”. Is that what NRA patriots want? God, I hope not!!

As an NRA member in good standing for many years now, when it comes to protecting citizens’ rights to be armed, the Constitution must ALWAYS be our guide—NOT any short-sighted desire for personal convenience.

Assailed from all sides today, the Constitution was intended to be the Supreme Law of the Land. Let’s try to restore it to that lofty status. Let’s not foolishly, unwittingly—or conveniently—subvert it.

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  1. MUG

    Mr Delaney
    Amendments:
    2nd “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    10th “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
    I know people want to mince and parse the words, but they say what they mean and mean what they say and are reinforced in the Federalist Papers.
    According to the 2nd Amendment, the PEOPLE have the right to bear arms. That right shall not be INFRINGED. That means not even nibbled at around the edges.
    According to the 10th Amendment, the POWER to modify the freedom to bear arms does not belong to the Federal Government and it is PROHIBITED to the States because it has been given to the People. Period.

    1. MUG

      And some of the PEOPLE or even MOST of the PEOPLE do not have the POWER to modify the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS for the rest of the people without changing the 2nd Amendment. Their is a procedure for Amending the Constitution and that is the only avenue for limiting the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.

      1. jim delaney

        I’m with you, Mug, up to the last paragraph.The right to bear arms is a Natural Right as well as a Constitutional right, the latter per the 2nd Amendment. The authority to modify this right is not, per the 10th Amendment, prohibited to the States, but it is, as originally intended, specifically prohibited to the federal government. Again, if a State Constitution inadequately protects its citizens’ natural right to bear arms, those citizens should get on the stick and amend it. The only federal authority over the right to bear arms is with specific respect to the militia, this as I explained above.

        1. steve blades

          thats incorrect jim,

          the constitution does not grant rights only privileges, rights are only god given and the constitution requires elected officials to protect those rights above all else, hence the sworn oath they take when entering office,

          and NO the states can not change this in anyway since they are given directly to the people as per the 2nd amendment,

          what some fail to understand is actions like this is how dems and repubs sidestep the constitution by creating a precedent where they can say later ,,,” we gave you this so now we can take it away”

          this act is just another ploy to gain more control over the people.

          WAKE UP AMERICA while there is still time!!!

          1. steve blades

            always around,just trying to be quite and helpful when I can,

            this forum is not the easiest to deal with,

            do you have problems with speed and posting?

          2. MUG

            Yes I have problems, I still don’t know how to post URL Links. I’ve been pretty quiet too. Not much I’m wanting to blog about right now.

          3. jim delaney

            You are not understanding what I’m saying. Please carefully re-read. Natural Rights are conferred by God. The role of federal gov’t to safeguard those rights. But, with respect to 2nd Amendment, it was a limitation on the federal gov’t, not on the States. Thus, citizens must ensure that their respective States safeguard their Natural Rights, one of those being their right to bear arms.

          4. steve blades

            tell me where in the 2nd or the constitution does it say that???

            cause if its the job of the feds to protect those rights and fed law supersedes state law then how can a state take that away???

            or are you saying a state can not give you a trial under due process and just hang you???

            I can go through the other rights if you’d like but you should get my meaning,,,