Reader supports bill before legislature

I was shocked by the March 31 Inter-Mountain OpEd “Distraction SJR 1 is not a gun rights bill”

West Virginia Constitution, Article 1, Section 2:

The government of the United States is a government of enumerated powers, and all powers not delegated to it, nor inhibited to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people thereof. Among the powers so reserved by the States, is the exclusive regulation of their own internal government and police; and it is the high and solemn duty of the several departments of government, created by this Constitution, to guard and protect the people of this State, from all encroachments upon the rights so reserved.

SJR 1:

That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in the year 2022, which proposed amendment is that section 22, article III thereof, be amended to read as follows:

ARTICLE III. Bill of Rights.

22. Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home, and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use. No agent, agency, municipality, county, or any other political subdivision of state government may restrict this right by any means or in any respect including but not limited to locality, ammunition capacity, caliber, modification, accessory, decibel, method of carry, or by any other means.

Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, such amendment is hereby numbered “Amendment No. 1” and designated as the “Protection of the Right to Bear Arms Amendment” and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: “To amend the State Constitution to prohibit counties and municipalities of the state from regulating firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories more restrictively than state law.”

Amending of Article 3, Section 22 as suggested is an application of upholding one’s oath as required in Article 1, Section 2.

SJR 1 is a resolution to protect all West Virginian’s Second Amendment guarantee. Opposition to SJR 1 for the reasons the I-M has stated makes no sense. If SJR 1 is not a gun rights bill, just what kind of bill is it?

True, there is wisdom in local control. Some years back, the County Commission passed and sent to our congressman and two senators a resolution that there be no 2nd Amendment violations in Randolph County. Considering those who have near total control of the Federal Government are unabashedly moving to further abridge the Second Amendment, where is the wisdom in opposing a preemptive move via state nullification of encroaching Federal tyranny?

The I-M listed all SJR 1 sponsors for your input. Please contact them and stress that SJR 1 pass the legislature.

Phil Hudok



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