Newhouse Defends 2nd Amendment, Introduces Legislation to Designate Firearms Industry Workers as “Essential”

Newhouse Defends 2nd Amendment, Introduces Legislation to Designate Firearms Industry Workers as “Essential”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the Second Amendment is Essential Act . This legislation would categorize the firearms industry as a critical infrastructure sector and those it employs as critical infrastructure workers. “It is always unconstitutional for government to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, but to do so in the midst of a crisis is especially unconscionable. By denying Federal Firearms Licensees the ability to operate under “essential worker” designations, Governors across the country, including Jay Inslee, have not only infringed on the Second Amendment rights of Americans, but have recklessly tied the hands of our law enforcement officers who require access to these tools to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Rep. Newhouse . “This legislation protects law-abiding citizens’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights and prevents future anti-gun restrictions that restrict lawful access to firearms in times of emergency.” Quotes from supporting organizations are below. “The firearm industry is deeply appreciative of the leadership and commitment of Congressman Newhouse to ensure the men and women in our industry can deliver for law-abiding American citizens without interference under the guise of a declared health emergency or disaster. This is exactly what happened in last year’s COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. Politicians overreached on their authority and were only forced back under the threat of legal action. This necessary legislation is critical to prevent an administration that is hostile to lawful firearm ownership from using an emergency declaration to shutter the industry and […]

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