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Second Amendment Rights Protected In Public Housing

Friday, July 10, 2009

Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates earned a victory this week as the House Financial Services Committee considered and adopted an amendment offered by Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.) to protect the Second Amendment rights of public housing residents. 

The amendment to a public housing bill (HR 3045) was adopted by a 38-31 vote, and would bar any housing authority from restricting legal ownership of guns. 

The majority of committee members understood that a person shouldn't be forced to give up his Second Amendment rights just to have a roof over his head, and that many public housing projects are high-crime areas where people most desperately need the right to defend themselves.  NRA has long fought this battle both in the courts and in legislatures around the country. 

Representative Price should be commended for his leadership and support on this very important issue. 

We will be sure to keep you informed on any further developments.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.