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Pro-Gun Congressmen Launch Second Amendment Caucus

Pro-Gun Congressmen Launch Second Amendment Caucus

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With Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton last month, NRA members and other gun owners are looking forward to a pro-Second Amendment administration that will advance the cause of lawful gun ownership for the first time in eight years.

Apparently, pro-gun members of Congress are looking forward to the same.

Last Thursday, some Republican members of Congress launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, with the purpose of working together to protect the right to keep and bear arms for all law-abiding American gun owners.

“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades,” said U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who will chair the group. “I look forward to working with the new president and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda.”“I look forward to working with the new president and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda.”
— U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.

Caucus members will lead efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of their Second Amendment rights. In addition to drafting and sponsoring pro-gun legislation, members of the Second Amendment Caucus will invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus.

Eligibility for membership in the Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a congressman’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.

Founding members of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus include Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.; Ted Yoho, R-Fla.; Brian Babin, R-Texas; Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.; Ken Buck, R-Colo.; Alex Mooney, R-W.V.; Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Jody Hice, R-Ga.; Dave Brat, R-Va.; Warren Davidson, R-Ohio; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; and James Comer, R-Ky.

The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.

“Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said Broun, who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. “I’m honored that Rep. Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.”

While we already knew the pro-gun majority in Congress would work diligently to protect our right to keep and bear arms, it’s gratifying to hear that they are uniting to fight for the Second Amendment. It’ll be interesting to see what can be accomplished as we move forward into the new Trump administration.

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