“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
– The U.S. Constitution
Our most basic right of self-protection is God-given and protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Still, this right must continually be kept safe from those who seek to take away our freedom. This is why Liberty for All supports candidates and elected officials who fight in State Legislatures and Congress to ensure every individual citizen’s right to defend their families and loved ones is kept safe.
Rep. J.R. Hoell currently has a bill moving through the New Hampshire legislative process that would reinforce the state’s law against local municipalities and governments infringing on the ability of New Hampshire citizens to lawfully practice their Second Amendment rights. The bill brings to light that over the past six months there have been a growing number of instances occurring where cities have implemented legislation in direct opposition to New Hampshire’s gun laws. If passed, this bill would put in place fines to deter local governments from persisting in curtailing Second Amendment freedoms.
“The more local the control the better” argument is often thought to be best, and in general we agree. The reality in America, though, is that the states came together to create the federal government and simultaneously reserved all non-delegated powers for themselves. All local governments, cities and counties, are created by state governments and their powers are granted to them by their respective state. Therefore, it follows that state law should overrule local laws when they are in conflict—especially in defense of constitutionally protected rights.
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
– Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788