Tuesday, July 25, 2006

House Votes to Protect Right to Bear Arms

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5013, The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act which would prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during states of emergency. As a cosponsor of this measure, I believe this is an important step toward protecting your second amendment right to bear arms.

After Hurricane Katrina, law enforcement agents from the federal government and several states confiscated guns from law-abiding New Orleans residents. The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court against these agencies and won a temporary restraining order ending the illegal gun confiscations. By enacting the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006, we can ensure that this never happens again during emergency situations.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution