This didn't receive any mainstream media attention, but a provision in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act would allow military judges to confiscate firearms without a hearing.
The annual defense bill directs funding toward the military, but this year’s bill also contains gun regulation provisions. The 316-113 vote encompassed the majority of both Republicans and Democrats, and many Americans are wondering why politicians voted for the bill after claiming to be in support of minimal government intervention in the Second Amendment.
The anti-gun amendment in the bill would allow firearms owned by members of the armed forces to be confiscated without due process. Military courts would have the authority to prohibit gun possession by either giving the subject of the order an “opportunity to be heard on the order” or by issuing the order ex parte -- in other words, seize firearms now, ask questions later.
After receiving major blowback from supporters for his "YES" vote, North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn explained that the act prohibits the military from dishonorably discharging service members who refuse vaccination.
“The reason we had to vote for this is because so many of our active duty military who are refusing to take the vaccine are being dishonorably discharged, and that basically makes them a felon in our society,” Cawthorn said in an Instagram video.
Cawthorn claims that the gun confiscation laws will not go into effect. He said the bill had to pass its first round so that military personnel would not be punished with a dishonorable discharge for not complying with the vaccination requirement.
It remains to be seen whether the Senate will actually remove that portion of the bill. When it comes to keeping their word, our "leaders" in Congress don't have a great track record.
Congress isn't the only branch launching attacks against the Second Amendment. The executive branch is also taking a swing at stricter gun laws, with the Biden administration filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of New York’s harsh gun laws. The New York law at question prohibits anyone from publicly carrying a handgun without demonstrating a special need for self-protection that distinguishes the individual from the general population.
“New York’s longstanding proper-cause requirement does not violate the Second Amendment,” the Biden administration brief states, adding that an individual’s right to keep and bear arms is “not absolute.”
Support for gun control has waned in recent months, but that isn't stopping the federal government from trying to restrict Second Amendment rights. By quietly sneaking in anti-gun legislation, they hope they can accomplish their gun control agenda without upsetting the American people.
We can't let them do it, and an Article V Convention of States is our most powerful tool to stop the continued erosion of our liberty.
While politicians demand gun control in the name of safety, citizens are slowly losing the ability to protect themselves from government overreach. The Founders predicted this might happen, which is why they included the Convention of States provision in Article V of the Constitution.
A Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit federal power and put Washington back in its constitutional box. The Second Amendment was written to keep the feds out of gun control, but today Biden and his cronies believe they have the power to impose whatever gun control regulations they want.
By proposing amendments that limit federal power, a Convention of States can clarify that the federal government has no place in the gun control debate and permanently ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is never again infringed.
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