The authoritarian left is determined to restrict the gun rights of law abiding citizens. They’re constantly pushing for legislation that would make it harder for people to buy and own a firearm. Fortunately, some conservative lawmakers have started to push back.
For example, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is currently leading a campaign to limit the state’s ability to restrict people’s gun rights. Just recently, he introduced H.R.3576, a bill seeking to nullify state gun regulations that are more prohibitive than those established by the federal government. His legislation would help protect gun owners living in liberal states with very strict gun laws.
Collins proposed the bill, otherwise known as the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), earlier this week. If passed, Title 18 of the United States Code would be amended to “limit the authority of States and localities to regulate conduct, or impose penalties or taxes, in relation to rifles or shotguns.”
Doing so would effectively prohibit states from enacting gun laws that are more restrictive than the federal government requires. Specifically, “a state or a political subdivision of a State [would not be allowed to] impose any regulation, prohibition, or registration or licensing requirement with respect to the design, manufacture, importation, sale, transfer, possession, or marking of a rifle or shotgun…that is more restrictive, or impose any penalty, tax, fee, or charge with respect to such a rifle or shotgun or such conduct in an amount greater than is provided under Federal law.” This means that states would be unable to pass gun laws stricter than federal gun laws.
“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo (D), [the Governor of New York],” claimed Rep. Collins upon introducing the legislation. “I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and have fought against all efforts to condemn these rights,” he added, noting, “I stand with the law-abiding citizens of this state that have been outraged by the SAFE Act and voice my commitment to roll back these regulations.”
The SAFE Act referred to by Collins was signed into New York law by Cuomo back in 2013 after the heinous school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Following its passage, “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines were banned. On top of that, residents living in New York were required to register their firearms. By passing Collins’ SAGA Act, lawmakers would be overturning these regulations and similar regulations in states across the country.
Unsurprisingly, many on the left are outraged over Collins’ bill. One of the people most outraged is Gov. Cuomo. Shortly after it was introduced, he released a statement criticizing the Republican lawmaker and his legislation. “In a blatant political ploy, Chris Collins is turning his back on New Yorkers and putting millions of people at profound risk. By fighting to roll back vital legislation that protects the people of the Empire State, Collins is demonstrating once again that he is beholden to no one but the gun lobby and entrenched special interests,” claimed Cuomo.
“This disturbing bill puts New Yorkers in harm’s way – and to make it worse, there is no basis for it. None. The courts have resoundingly upheld New York’s law as consistent with the Constitution,” he continued, adding, “we understand that Washington is in turmoil right now – we just ask that they don’t do anything to set back the progress we’ve been able to make despite them.”
In addition to attacking Collins and the bill he proposed, Cuomo also spoke out in defense of the SAFE act. “In 2013, following the Sandy Hook tragedy, New York State rose to the occasion and passed the toughest gun safety laws in the nation,” stated Cuomo. “Democrats and Republicans came together to ban assault weapons from coming into the state, ban high capacity magazines, and keep guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill while safeguarding the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners,” he added.
Hopefully, conservatives can come together and pass Collins’ bill. Doing so would help ensure that people’s Second Amendment right to bear arms is protected from opponents of firearms.