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Bill an attempt to infringe on firearms rights

The Family and Personal Protection Care Act, aka House Bill 997, is a bill yet to be voted on by the House. In order to carry a firearm, HB 997 would require permits, qualification testing, fingerprinting, photographing, and a searchable database for law enforcement.

Under this bill, we would enjoy the same privileges as someone who committed the act of rape, being required to register our persons, and being made subject to suspicion, inconvenience, and the invasion of our privacy and security.

It is in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution to regulate or require a registry or permit in order to carry, purchase, or possess a firearm of any kind. The Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Firearm owners do not need to prove that they are qualified to use their rights, nor should they purchase those rights. We are free men, and the owners of these rights as citizens of the United States, and as the Second Amendment so clearly states, it is “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Therefore, the right of ownership of firearms is not to be left to a governing body or public opinion. Otherwise, it would not have described the possessor as “the people” or concluded with the words “shall not be infringed.” 

Under the Fourth Amendment, I am not required to divulge my possession of a firearm, nor is it the right of any government to remove from my possession a firearm at anytime, except by due process of law under the Fifth Amendment.

It is therefore necessary for a free people to oppose such laws that would regulate firearm ownership in any way or ban it completely. 

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