[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our rights are not gifts from government. That is the essential premise behind true advocacy for an adherence to our Second Amendment. While many, many Americans should not be firearms owners, the nature of a right is that is not a revocable privilege awarded and subtracted by government.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In keeping with this mindset, Republican Congressman Ken Buck is taking the long-overdue step of advancing legislation that would allow those who have paid their debt to society to petition for their Second Amendment rights to be returned to them.
Currently, those who are disallowed from purchasing firearms (legally) can petition their district court. However, legislative riders have, since 1992, prevented the Justice Department from reviewing these applications, leaving those who have paid their debt to society to decide whether they will remain vulnerable to criminals or, become criminals once again by purchasing a firearm in violation of the law.
Rep. Buck’s amendment to the annual spending bill allows for a restoration of this right via an application.
“America is a land of second chances. One mistake should not define your future. A law-abiding, 45-year-old dad who made one mistake at 18 should have the choice of how best to protect his family or to take his kids hunting. He should have the chance to make a petition to restore his constitutional right to bear arms. This solution is long overdue,” Buck explained.
“This bill does not intend in any way, shape, or form to allow a violent criminal to possess a firearm,” Buck noted.
The provision is long overdue as even a detailed reading of the Constitution cannot reveal any provision that allows the government to deprive Americans of God-given rights long after they have served their time in prison and/or completed any probation or parole.
In fact, an argument could be made that a continued deprivation of rights that exist outside of the penal system could be a form of cruel and unusual punishment- an practice banned by our Eighth Amendment.
The amendment has been approved via a voice vote and the spending bill is expected to be passed on Wednesday.
What do you think? Does the government have the right to deny citizens their constitutional rights indefinitely?