Our Founding Fathers recognized that the greatest deterrent to armed invasion and domestic violence was an armed citizenry. They diligently protected our right to keep and bear arms by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It is our duty to continue to protect that right.
Adolph Hitler said about the 1935 Weapons Act of Nazi Germany, “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” History has shown that nothing could be further from the truth.
We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights … Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The right to own and bear firearms secures those rights by equipping us to protect them whether the threat is foreign or domestic. For the sake of our children and their future, we must not forfeit or compromise our right to keep and bear arms. It is our last defense against tyranny.
Second Amendment Preservation Act
The Second Amendment states, “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.” The Founding Fathers who lived at the infancy of our country understood the oppression that can arise from a totalitarianism government and the need to protect and defend ourselves. Again, the Second Amendment was designed to withstand the test of time. However, many people would have you believe that the right to bear arms is causing problems in our country today. Taking away a person’s constitutional rights is not the answer to solving violence, and Missouri lawmakers sought to defend the fundamental right of citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones.
House Bill 436 (2013 legislation) would have created the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would’ve rejected all federal acts that infringe on a Missouri citizen’s rights under the Second Amendment. The legislation also aimed to protect the open carrying of a firearm in certain circumstances, would have allowed a school district to designate a staff member as a school protection officer, and lowered the concealed carry age from 21 to 19, among other provisions. Amid proposals by the federal government to hamper citizens’ Second Amendment rights, I was very disappointed by the governor’s veto. Our country was designed to have a limited, non-intrusive government, and this legislation would have helped re-establish our country’s traditional principles.
Senate Bill 613 is the 2014 version of this legislation, and it is currently being debated in the Senate.
CCW (concealed carry) Permit Process
After the Missouri State Highway Patrol twice turned over a list containing information about Missourians with CCWs to federal authorities, the Senate moved legislation (SB 252) forward to help protect your private information and addresses, among other provisions, the process of applying for a CCW. Under former law, Missourians seeking to carry concealed firearms had to apply to the sheriff for a certificate of qualification for a CCW. Upon receipt of that certificate, that citizen presented the document to DOR, which issued driver’s or non-driver’s licenses with a CCW endorsement. This legislation, which passed both houses and was signed by the Governor, repealed this provision and the permit issued by the sheriff now authorizes the person to carry concealed firearms.