In our constitutional republic, freedom demands sticking to your guns

In our constitutional republic, freedom demands sticking to your guns

This article is part of a symposium on the upcoming argument in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen . A preview of the case is here . Mark Brnovich is the attorney general of Arizona. “… the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Any noble government that believes its law-abiding citizens must be restrained from owning or responsibly carrying firearms does not understand the difference between citizens and subjects. Our Founders clearly grasped the importance of We the People to defend ourselves against any threat that might arise – from personal confrontation to political tyranny. Citizens of a free society must take on certain responsibilities, or their helplessness would be unsustainable. The Second Amendment is our country’s clear, concise, and lawful acknowledgement of a God-given right of self-defense that in our land of the free and home of the brave is truly self-evident. For this reason, any state statutes containing widespread prohibitions or overly burdensome regulations on the concealed carry of firearms must be immediately questioned. Law-abiding citizens should not require the consent of faceless bureaucrats to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, and no local politicians can override the Second Amendment or the natural right of self-preservation. I’m proud to be leading a coalition of 26 state attorneys general who believe New York’s “subjective–issue” concealed-carry permit laws harm public safety and are contrary to the original meaning of the Second Amendment. The state of New York […]

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