One of the many hot topics at our conference is gun control. When it comes to gun control the debate is safety v. freedom. The 2nd Amendment guarantees US citizens the right to bear arms, however, it does not specify the circumstances under which the firearm may be obtained. Our delegates are focusing on this gray area.
GH 04: Firearms Reform Act by Abhi Ramesh & Charlie Sabgir
This bill would ban the possession of firearms in public spaces and prohibit the transportation of loaded firearms. However, many would argue it is a citizen's right to carry that firearm for the sake of protection.
GH 03: Enacting Firearm Education by Nathan King & Thomas Rossolot
This bill would require a preliminary course on firearm safety before a person can legally own a firearm. It is designed to promote proper use, storage, and precautions of firearm ownership. The author has stated that coming from a safety-oriented family of firearm owners inspired him to write this bill. Safety precautions are not necessarily a breach of first amendment rights because they do not take away the ability to own a firearm merely increase the safety of ownership.
GH 19: Increase Conceal Carry Firearm Training and Requirements by Shawn Bear & Avery Peters
This bill would increase the amount of practice and preliminary courses required to obtain a conceal carry license. This bill aims to decrease violence and increase competence and abilities of local gun owners. Conceal carry is a precious right to many people who may find it inconvenient to fulfill heavier requirements.
SS 05: Firearm Tracking Devices by Tarma Obeng
This bill would require all firearms to have a tracking chip installed in order to decrease the purchase of illegal firearms. Technology to implement this bill is available and therefore lobbying has occurred for this bill with the intent of promoting safety. Some people cringe at the thought of being tracked, therefore the question becomes what is safety and what is an invasion of privacy.
So where do you stand on gun control?
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