THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS: A CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE
Statement of Steve Beren, June 10, 2008
Seattle Mayor Nickels has issued an executive order requiring all city departments to draw up a plan to ban guns at all city-owned property.
I strongly object to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickles' attempt to circumvent our constitutional freedoms and the protections afforded by Washington state law. I realize that some liberal politicians, including the mayor, don't really agree with the spirit of the Second Amendment. But if they feel so strongly, they can always seek repeal of the Second Amendment. However, failing that the liberals should stand aside - and stop interfering with our rights!
The mayor's action violates constitutional rights, and also directly opposes Washington state law, which states: "The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms ... Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality."
In my campaign against incumbent Congressman Jim McDermott, there is a clear choice, with stark differences on a wide range of issues, including the right to bear arms. I support the Second Amendment, which gives individual citizens the right to own and use firearms of their choice.
Jim McDermott is known for his extreme views on foreign policy, but his view on the Second Amendment is equally extreme. In both 2004 and 2006, McDermott was given a rating of "F" by the National Rifle Association (the NRA's lowest possible rating). McDermott favors reauthorization of the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons; he favors strengthening the current level of enforcement on the purchase and possession of guns; and he favors requiring a license for gun possession.
I'm fighting for Republican policies, conservative values, and constitutional principles - including the right to bear arms - right in the heart of liberal Seattle.
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