Gun Owners of America (GOA) is celebrating three recent Second Amendment victories. These conquests come within just weeks of each other and gun rights activists couldn’t be happier. North Dakota was first by becoming the 14th state in the country to allow residents to carry a firearm without a special permit. Beginning in August, a resident can legally enjoy concealed carry if they have had a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year. The new law applies to people only within the state. Residents will still not be able to conceal carry outside of North Dakota without the proper permit.
Next, on March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court decided a case that strengthens the Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans, including gun owners. The case, Manuel v. Joliet, which was based on false charges when a man was arrested and detained for some 48 days. The Gun Owners of America — and its legal arm Gun Owners Foundation, defended this case because it ultimately protects the rights of gun owners to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Gun owners stand to be among the first to be under attack by government if the Fourth Amendment continues to be undermined. The Fourth Amendment protects each American’s property interests, including Americans’ property interest in their own body and firearms.
Finally, in New Mexico, a committee of the state legislature rejected a Michael Bloomberg-endorsed proposal for universal background checks. The core of this bill, had it passed, would have registered virtually every gun sale in the state — and banned virtually every private transfer of weapons that did not first get permission from the government.
“From defending gun rights in New Mexico to going on the offensive in North Dakota, the Second Amendment movement is picking up steam across the country,” Executive Director of GOA Erich Pratt said.
Check out GOA’s newly released video below: