The right to constitutionally carry rings true in the Second Amendment. Yet, America has witnessed stricter gun control with everything from “Gun Free Zones” to registering bullets. Now, South Dakota is the most recent state to stand up for the Constitutional law, where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm, without a license. The bill passed in the Senate by 23-11 and in the House of Representatives, 47-23. It went into effect July 1st putting a wrench in the federal government’s gun control agenda. The New American writer Steve Byas describes the details:
The law repeals requirements — some going back over 100 years — that a person would have to obtain a license in order to carry a concealed weapon. Previously, a person could be charged with a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed handgun, or even to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.
The new “old” law opens up doors while also allowing county sheriffs to issue the concealed carry permits needs for reciprocity with states that still require a license. Staying true to the Founding Fathers vision, South Dakota protects the rights of the people in the state to keep and bear arms. While this is a step in the right direction, widespread passage of permit-less conceal carry laws is still needed in many other states to counteract the existing federal gun control laws.
We the People Hold the Power
It is important for citizens to remember that the states and the people have the power; they are not required to comply with federal encroachments on the Bill of Rights or participate in unconstitutional programs. James Madison explains the power of the people in Federalist 46:
The means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance, and perhaps, refusal, to cooperate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions … would present obstructions which the Federal government would hardly be willing to encounter…. The State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repeal the danger.
Mr. Byas also refers back to James Madison commenting in his article that Mr. Madison argued in the Federalist the Americans already had the right to bear arms even before the Second Amendment was in place:
The Second Amendment was not added to the Constitution to give Americans the right to have a National Guard, or even for individual Americans to keep and bear arms, but rather was added to specifically prevent the new federal government from infringing upon a right Americans already possessed.
Preserving the Second Amendment and our other God-given freedoms starts with you. The federal government will continue to assume powers that are undelegated, but state legislatures can use nullification based on Article VI in the Constitution, to declare unconstitutional federal laws null and void. Help continue South Dakota’s momentum in your own state by educating your elected officials. The right to keep and bear arms must be protected if we wish to stay a free people.
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