Earlier this month, Rare reported on Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky’s plan to re-launch the pro-gun Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.
“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,” Massie said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the new president and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda.”
Recently, Massie discussed potential action items for the caucus to pro-gun site GunsAmerica.com. “I’ve held concealed carry permits in New Hampshire and Kentucky, and I would dearly like to see the day when any U.S. citizen can carry in every state,’ said Massie on concealed carry reciprocity, noting that many caucus members have cosponsored HR 923, HR 986 and even HR 4348.” “With that said, some of our members, myself included, would prefer language that isn’t biased against constitutional carry states, doesn’t depend on a broad interpretation of the commerce clause, and preempts any of the foreseeable reactions by anti-gun states,” Massie added.
Here are the founding principles of the Second Amendment Caucus provided by Massie and reported by GunsAmerica:
- Unconstitutional impediments to exercising the Second Amendment make the country less safe and less secure.
- Gun ownership is an inalienable right that cannot be revoked, denied or stalled without due process of law.
- The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting or sport shooting, but about the Citizen’s right to defend his or her country and rights against a tyrannical government.
- Statistics continue to demonstrate that more firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens lead to a reduction in violent crimes.
- A robust Fourth Amendment is essential to preserving the Second Amendment rights of all citizens.
In a statement shared with Rare, Massie elaborated on his vision for the caucus. “We have established founding principles of the caucus and I look forward to holding our first meeting as soon as Congress reconvenes for the new session,” Massie said. “It’s safe to say that if legislation supports a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms we will be for it. If it infringes, we will vigorously oppose it.”
Massie addressed recent threats to the Second Amendment, particularly over the summer when President Obama and most congressional Democrats sought to deny gun rights to citizens who ended up on no-fly lists. This push occurred in the wake of Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., but most conservative Republicans and the ACLU opposed the measure.
Last summer, we saw Congress come perilously close to voting on a law that would have deprived innocent Americans, whose names appeared on the flawed no-fly list, of their inalienable right to purchase and own a firearm. Contrary to some assertions, none of the legislative proposals that were floated would have offered the due process protections that are guaranteed to all citizens by virtue of our Constitution. Based on our caucus’s founding principles, I can firmly state that we will work in a coordinated fashion to oppose any unconstitutional legislation like that offered last summer. We will also oppose any efforts to require government permission for private transfers of firearms.
Massie says the Second Amendment Caucus will also seek to undo executive actions taken by President Obama. “As for administrative rules and executive actions undertaken by President Obama with respect to firearms and ammunition, we hope that President-elect Trump will nullify them as soon as possible.”
“Because Obama chose to bypass the legislative process with his gun control agenda, it can be undone by the next President without the involvement of Congress,” Massie said.
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.).
“I’m also hopeful that our caucus will be an effective tool for transferring information between constituents, gun experts, pro-gun groups and legislators,” Massie said. “After all, the only way to make positive things happen in Washington is for the people to bring pressure to bear on the politicians and for politicians to be informed.”
The Kentucky congressman also addressed why there is a need for this group, telling GunsAmerica, “Even though Republicans have controlled the House for six years, I haven’t seen a single pro-gun bill brought up in a committee for a hearing or debate, much less a vote.”
“I’m optimistic we can make progress in the 115th Congress with Trump in the White House,” Massie said.