The Congressional Second Amendment caucus is back, and there’s a new chairman in town Photo: Gage Skidmore
Thomas Massie Photo: Gage Skidmore

There’s a new caucus headed to Congress.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) lead several of his colleagues in forming and launching the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus on Thursday.

The original caucus, the Second Amendment Caucus, was formed by ex-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) and remained active between 2004 and 2008. Another, called the Second Amendment Task Force, was formed by ex-Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) in 2009 and remained under Broun until 2013.

“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. I look forward to working with the new president and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie said of the caucus.

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A press release explained that new group’s goal was to “pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of the Second Amendment.”

Broun was proud of the news, saying, “Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country. I’m honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.”

The caucus’ founding members are Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), 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.).

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John Lott, economist and author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” also praised the group. “With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” he said.

Attorney Alan Gura stressed the necessity for such a group, saying, “While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature.” Gura successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller, notable gun rights cases that appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congressmen will be eligible to join as members based on their voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their commitment to the caucus’ principles will also be weighed.

The caucus will also invite “firearm experts, constitutional scholars and pro-gun groups” to speak.

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