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Bill Does Not Create Constitutional Crisis

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:32 pm

To The Editor:

The governor’s veto claims that the Second Amendment Protection Act nullifies federal firearm restrictions.

That is not what the bill says. At Section 1.320.3 the bill says that any federal restrictions which infringe on the Second Amendment are invalid. Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in the Heller and McDonald decisions, such restrictions are already invalid.

The bill endorses this view and may be years late, but does not create the constitutional crisis claimed.

The veto also claims that the bill violates a newspaper’s right to publish the names of hunters, something which would normally require the hunter’s consent. The bill prevents mass publication of gun owner information. This has been done by some newspapers as part of a “hate your neighbor” campaign.

Gun owners have a constitutional right to privacy which this bill protects.