Second Amendment advocates are on a political roll with four major victories in just one week.As reported by Fox News, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled an anti-gun healthcare proposal from consideration, the governor of North Dakota signed a bill letting residents carry firearms without a permit, New Mexico lawmakers defeated a gun registry bill and the Supreme Court ruled for a defendant whom a gun rights group had supported.
Executive director Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America said:
It gives us a lot of hope. We just spent the past eight years on the defensive. Now we are playing offensive ball.
In Washington, Ryan withdrew the GOP healthcare bill because many in Congress opposed the plan, including the Gun Owners of America (GOA). The GOA had requested three changes in the bill:
- That insurance companies are prohibited from discriminating against gun owners
- That doctors not create a de facto fun registry by entering patients’ gun information into a federal database
- That agencies not be able to troll Medicaid and federal health databases in order to send names to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System “gun ban” list
In North Dakota the governor signed a GOA-backed bill to make the state the 14th in the country to allow residents to carry a firearm without a permit.In New Mexico, a committee of the state legislature rejected a Michael Bloomberg-endorsed proposal for universal background checks. New Mexico’s sheriffs opposed the bill, which would have registered virtually every gun sale in the state — and banned virtually every private transfer of weapons that did not first get permission from the government.
The biggest victory came from the Supreme Court, which decided in favor of a man whose lawyers argued that there had been a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, which protect citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. His lawyers argued that the Fourth Amendment protected their client not just during an arrest but after an indictment and arraignment. The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 opinion, agreed with the position of the GOA, which had filed amicus brief with the high court.
Florida lawmakers are trying to loosen up gun laws in the state as well. As previously reported, they are pushing for open-carry laws.