Crapo Leads Introduction of Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land

Crapo Leads Introduction of Legislation to Protect Second Amendment Rights on Federal Land

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) led nine Republican colleagues in introducing legislation that would bring parity to gun owners using public lands. The Recreational Lands Defense Act would restore Second Amendment rights of individuals recreating on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Co-sponsors of the legislation include Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming). “The inability to carry firearms on Corps land is inconsistent with regulations governing public, federally-owned lands, and a violation of the intent of the Second Amendment” said Senator Crapo. “Enabling Americans to carry firearms on land managed by the Corps will allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and provide needed consistency across federal lands to reduce the complexity of tracking where one federal agency’s land management ends and another’s begins.” “The federal prohibition preventing individuals from exercising their Second Amendment rights on U.S. Army Corps land is inconsistent and unconstitutional,” said Senator Risch. “Arbitrary regulations based on often unmarked jurisdictional boundaries do nothing but punish law-abiding citizens. This bill will restore the right to bear arms for sportsmen and women recreating on some 12 million acres of federal lands.” “I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and take seriously government’s role in protecting Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” said Senator Rick Scott. “This bill makes a commonsense fix to current law […]

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