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  • Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional

    Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional0

    Besides violating the laws of some states and cities, firearms bans for young adults also violate the Constitution. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court reiterated that “[c]onstitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them.” When the Second Amendment was adopted, there were no firearms restrictions on 18-to-20-year-olds, and they were included in every militia across the country.

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  • Firearms Laws of Vietnam

    Firearms Laws of Vietnam0

    • Guns
    • November 28, 2017

    Vietnam has one of the strictest gun laws in the world. The policy reflects the cultural and historical influences that have shaped the nation. Little has been written on Vietnamese gun control, in part because of the inaccessibility and loss of documents as a result of the country’s violent history. This Issue Paper provides an overview of the history of firearm laws in Vietnam and a translation of the current laws. Part I surveys arms laws in Vietnam from 1427 to the present. Part II provides an English translation of the current law, which was issued in 2011. Part III is the Vietnamese text of that law.

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  • Dave Kopel testimony on Senate Bill 5

    Dave Kopel testimony on Senate Bill 50

    Audio of Independence Institute research director David Kopel testifying in favor of Senate Bill 5, training standards for armed personnel in schools. Audio file is 3:49.

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  • Dave Kopel Testimony on Senate Bill 17-006 “Lizzie’s Law”

    Dave Kopel Testimony on Senate Bill 17-006 “Lizzie’s Law”0

    On Monday February 13, 2017, Dave Kopel testified on Senate Bill 17-006, also known as Lizzie’s Law. Here is the audio recording of his testimony.

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  • Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights

    Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights0

    A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with bipartisan support. The Act would allow persons eligible to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry in other states as well. Opponents contend that the Act violates federalism. Actually, the Act is well within congressional powers under the Fourteenth Amendment. That Amendment was enacted specifically to give Congress the power to act against state infringements of national civil rights.

    Section one of the 14th Amendment forbids states to violate civil rights. Section five of the Amendment grants Congress “the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” Enacted during Reconstruction, the Fourteenth Amendment was a remedy to ex-Confederate states denying freedmen the right to arms and other civil rights.

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  • 2017 is shaping up to be another winning year for gun owners

    2017 is shaping up to be another winning year for gun owners0

    So far this year, thirteen state legislatures have enacted laws to strengthen the right to keep and bear arms, and none have passed new gun control laws. In every year this century, pro-gun laws have outnumbered anti-gun laws, but this year’s score is particularly lopsided.

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