Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Rep. Todd Young of Indiana Introduces Two Pro-Gun Bills in the U.S. House of Representatives

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rep. Todd Young of Indiana Introduces Two Pro-Gun Bills in the U.S. House of Representatives

Amidst all the frantic activity surrounding the presidential primary and Supreme Court nomination campaigns came some welcome common sense from the Heartland this week as Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced two measures to promote and protect the Second Amendment.

House Resolution 656 would express the sense of the U.S. House of Representatives that the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court should honor the late justice’s commitment to the right to keep and bear arms. Specially, it states that “the Senate should not confirm a nominee to the United States Supreme Court whose professional record or statements display opposition to the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners, including the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms as affirmed in the District of Columbia et al. v. Heller and McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago, Illinois, et al. cases.”

As we discuss elsewhere, the future of the high court remains up for grabs at a time when support for and opposition to the Second Amendment amongst the sitting justices is, at best, evenly divided. This means the continued viability of the individual right recognized in Heller and McDonald potentially hangs in the balance.

True to his record of putting partisan politics above all else, including national unity and his own legacy, President Obama’s choice to succeed Justice Scalia would easily fail the test proposed by H.R. 656. Among other things, Judge Merrick Garland twice sided with D.C. in cases challenging the District’s infamous handgun ban.

In the first case, the plaintiffs challenging the ban lost on a technicality, when a three-judge panel determined they lacked standing to bring the case. Judge Merrick voted against rehearing of that case by the full court, effectively voting to keep the ban intact.  

Some two years later, the handgun ban was back before the D.C. Court of Appeals. This time, the challenge to the ban prevailed before a three-judge panel. And this time Judge Merrick voted in favor of rehearing, effectively giving the full court another chance to preserve the ban.

The issue of the D.C. handgun ban eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where of course it was struck down in Heller. 

Merrick’s antigun record doesn’t end there, however. He also voted against rehearing of a divided opinion that upheld the Clinton “assault weapon” ban against constitutional challenge and sided with the government’s claimed authority to keep a national registry of successful NICS checks, supposedly so the system could be “audited” for proper functioning.

Rep. Young’s resolution would send a very clear message to Obama or any future president not to waste the nation’s time with a nominee who seeks to undo Justice Scalia’s legacy on the Second Amendment. It provides “advice” that any chief executive who hopes to obtain the Senate’s “consent” for a nominee’s confirmation would be on notice to follow or would have to be accountable for ignoring. 

The other bill, H.R. 4824, is a proactive measure that would ensure participants in federal or federally-subsidized benefit programs, such as public housing, could not be forced as a condition of participation to forgo the otherwise lawful possession or use of firearms. This bill reflects the view that the Second Amendment is a right for all responsible, law-abiding Americans, whatever their circumstances or income level. It would block programs like those proposed during Bill Clinton’s administration, and more recently implemented by some state and local housing authorities that receive federal subsidies, to ban residents of public housing from keeping firearms within their units. 

The NRA commends Rep. Young for his leadership in these important efforts and for standing tall on behalf of America’s law-abiding gun owners.

 

TRENDING NOW
Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA's Position on Right-to-Carry Permits

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA's Position on Right-to-Carry Permits

There is an ongoing debate as to the severity of the decline in the modern attention span. However, in a world pervaded by 140 character messages and trivial clickbait articles, few would argue that many ...

Nationwide Firearms Turn-in Not Enough for Australia’s Gun Haters

News  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nationwide Firearms Turn-in Not Enough for Australia’s Gun Haters

On July 1, Australia begins National Firearms Amnesty 2017, the country’s fourth federal firearms buyback (more accurately termed turn-in) or amnesty program since 1987. According to the Australian government, officials hope to capture some of ...

Steadfast Czechs Fight on Against EU Gun Control

News  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Steadfast Czechs Fight on Against EU Gun Control

The European Union’s new restrictions on firearms ownership were finalized on May 24, when the misguided changes to the European Firearms Directive were published in the political bloc’s Official Journal. Despite this setback, the Czech ...

Delaware: Hearing Scheduled for Radical Gun Seizure Legislation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Delaware: Hearing Scheduled for Radical Gun Seizure Legislation

Tomorrow, the House Administration Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 222.

Rhode Island: Last Chance to Stop Anti-Gun Bill

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rhode Island: Last Chance to Stop Anti-Gun Bill

The Rhode Island Legislature is going to be ending their six-month session any day now, and as we approach the finish line, this is the most dangerous time for gun owners.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense

News  

Friday, June 16, 2017

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense

It is refreshing to finally see some common sense coming out of a court in NJ, as the state is notoriously known for its illogical and Draconian gun laws that do little more than make ...

Goodyear Fires Australian Competitive Shooter over Simple Miscommunication

News  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Goodyear Fires Australian Competitive Shooter over Simple Miscommunication

In the United States there have been a handful of high-profile incidents in which an employer has terminated an employee following the employee’s use of a gun in self-defense while at the workplace. In recent ...

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Effort Gains Steam in Congress

News  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Effort Gains Steam in Congress

In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors.

Delaware: Anti-Gun Bill Hearing Cancelled

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Delaware: Anti-Gun Bill Hearing Cancelled

Today, thanks to your calls and emails, the Delaware House Administration Committee cancelled its hearing on anti-gun House Bill 222.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

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.