On November 16, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms asked President-elect Donald Trump to “make the Second Amendment great again.”
They want Trump to “instruct his attorney general early in 2017 to name a special assistant whose job would be to protect Second Amendment rights.”
A press release from SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb to Breitbart News said:
In the past, the Department of Justice has taken action against various other civil and constitutional rights abuses. It is time for the DOJ to prosecute violations of the Second Amendment and federal laws including the Firearms Owners Protection Act, by state and local governments. State and local governments that adopt laws designed specifically to infringe on the rights of honest firearms owners or discourage people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms for legitimate reasons, including self-defense should be held accountable.
Gottlieb pointed to the “good cause” laws in California, New Jersey, and elsewhere as glaring examples of state-level laws that “infringe on the rights of honest firearms owners.” These laws forbid law-abiding Americans from bearing arms for self-defense unless they can persuade an agent of the state that they have “good cause” for so doing. He pointed out that other states “make obtaining a permit prohibitively expensive for average wage earners,” which is simply a backdoor means of denying the right to bear arms to large numbers of law-abiding citizens.
Gottlieb said, “Donald Trump has been given an opportunity to right so many of the wrongs that have been committed against millions of citizens whose only crime has been a wish to exercise their constitutionally-delineated civil rights,” adding, “He campaigned on a pledge to make America great again. One part of that effort would be to make the Second Amendment great again.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.