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Gun rights group asks AG Sessions to cut funds from states that violate Second Amendment

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., on November 29, 2017. (Ting Shen/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)
April 12, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has received a request from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) that would deny monies from any local or state government that implements policies that impinge on citizens’ Second Amendment rights, the group recently announced.

“The liberal municipal governments of such cities as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and states including New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts should not be receiving taxpayer funds while violating the constitutional rights of those taxpayers. It is ironic that all of those places are willing to spend millions of dollars to attack the rights of gun owners, when they should be protecting civil and Constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

The request contended that local or state laws that violate the Second Amendment don’t work in fighting crime, but that they do stop honest people from being able to protect themselves.

“Why should American taxpayers see their hard-earned money used to erode their fundamental rights? Those of us on the front lines of this civil rights battle see this as the ultimate abandonment of common sense. When government becomes the enemy of its constituents, it should be penalized, not rewarded,” Gottlieb said.

Anti-gun local governments punish the people, Gottlieb explained, and he used the example of when Chicago lost a federal lawsuit to the Second Amendment Foundation and the city’s police department footed the bill.

“These stubborn anti-gun local governments will spitefully hurt their citizens any way they can. The time has come to slap them down, and the best way to get their attention is to turn off the funding spigot,” Gottlieb added.