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Gun Rights

101 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Wayne La Pierre

Petition to NRA to Endorse and Lobby for the Michael's Law Amendment to 18 U.S.C. 926A

WHEREAS, the National Rifle Association ("NRA") has been attempting to effect "National Reciprocity" for gun permits for nearly a decade; and WHEREAS, the NRA has not, to date, been successful; and WHEREAS, even if such legislation were to successfully pass Congress and be signed into law by the president, we believe there is a good chance the law would be thrown out by the Supreme Court on 10th Amendment grounds, as using Federal power to coerce states that do not want to grant reciprocity into doing so violates "states' rights;" and WHEREAS, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC") has proposed an amendment to an existing Federal firearms-related statute (18 U.S.C. 926A; Interstate Transportation of Firearms) in furtherance of the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, calling for the statute to be re-entitled: "Interstate Possession, Transportation and Carrying of Firearms;" and WHEREAS, this proposal is referred to as the "Michael's Law Amendment," in honor of an unarmed trucker named Michael Boeglin, who was shot and killed and burned in his truck on June 26, 2014 in Detroit; and  WHEREAS, Americans travelling interstate are routinely the victim of gun violence with no means to protect themselves if the states they go to do not grant reciprocity, including, but not limited to, truckers like Randy Tomblin, Jerry Matson and most recently, a trucker shot today, January 27, 2016; and WHEREAS, this proposed law would apply to all Americans and would not require any Federal registration whatsoever, but would merely reaffirm the Second Amendment insofar as traveling from state-to-state is concerned and would preempt the ability of the states to make laws that apply to interstate transportation of-- and travelling with-- firearms; WHEREAS, the text of this proposed law, in its entirety, is as follows: 18 U.S. Code 926A; (Renamed): Interstate possession, transportation and carrying of firearms... (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of any Federal law or any Federal rule, a person who is an American citizen and is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from possessing, carrying, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to carry on his person in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity and transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place in any state to any other place in a different state in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. (2) FEDERAL PREEMPTION The states are hereby preempted from regulating firearms that are transported into, out of, or through their state by a person who is an American citizen and is not a resident of that state, regardless of whether or not the firearm is carried in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity, pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. NOW, LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we, the people of the United States of America, including, but not limited to, members of the SBTC and NRA, respectfully request the NRA leadership immediately embrace, endorse, and lobby for the passage of the SBTC's proposed MICHAEL'S LAW AMENDMENT in the interest of protecting all Americans' gun rights.  (Click Here to join the Michael's Law Amendment group on Facebook).

James Lamb
6,805 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Grace College, Aaron Crabtree, William J. Katip, Craig Allebach

Licensed Concealed Carry at Grace College

According to the FBI, schools (including k-12 and Higher Education institutions) are the second most common location of an active shooter (29%).  This makes sense, as criminals are aware that students are unlikely to have an effective means of self-defense and will provide much less resistance to attack on a campus. (more research and statistics here) Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana is one college that currently does not allow weapons of any kind on the property, even by licensed students or staff who would be able to carry their weapon for self defense almost anywhere else in the state. As Grace College is a private institution on private property, Indiana law does not regulate the college on their decision to allow or deny concealed weapons on their campus by staff or students. Therefore, policy change by school administration is all that is necessary to preserve the right to self-defense on campus. Legally, any person who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon may do so on virtually any private property in Indiana not regulated by the government, but if someone in authority of the property or institution asks the person to leave and they refuse, the person may be charged with trespassing. When it comes to students and staff, however, the College has much more leverage. A violation of any school policy by students or staff may result in penalties up to and including expulsion of a student and being fired as a staff member. Because of this discrepancy in the ability of the College to effectively enforce this policy upon all persons who set foot on this campus, the policy creates a vulnerability both in campus security and the safety of students who otherwise would be able to defend themselves.  Many colleges and universities have begun to change their policies regarding licensed concealed carry, including Liberty University, Michigan State University, University of Utah, and others. Entire states such as Arizona and Texas have also been making strides towards freedom to carry as a means of self defense on public college campuses. The introduction of these policies have been a non-issue. Lancers for Concealed Carry would propose changes to the current policy at Grace College. These changes would be similar in form to the policy adapted by Liberty University. School administrators are encouraged to review Liberty University's policy here for consideration while developing an official policy.  Proposed Changes: Students and staff members over the age of 21 who are properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon (both lethal, ex. pistol, revolver; and less-lethal, ex. pepper spray, stun weapons) for self-defense may carry their weapon on the Grace College campus if the following requirements are met: Students and staff members must seek written approval from Campus Safety to carry their weapon on campus, and must be able to provide this documentation upon request by a Campus Safety Officer or College Administrator. Applicants for approval to carry a concealed pistol must have completed an approved firearms safety and training class designed for those with the intent to conceal carry All weapons must be registered with the Campus Safety Office Weapons must be cased or holstered at all times, and must be concealed Weapons may be stored in residence halls only if unloaded and locked in a safe that is approved by Campus Safety. Ammunition must be stored in a separate container. As already offered by Campus Safety as of the 2016/2017 academic year, students may also store their weapons with Campus Safety. Violations of these requirements may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College. Additional requirements with the purpose of maintaining order and security within the campus may be implemented without the complete loss of a student or staff member's right to concealed carry on campus.  Please sign this petition if you are a student, staff member, parent of a student, or other individual concerned about the current anti-weapon policy at Grace College. The completed petition will be given to Craig Allebach, Chief of Campus Safety; Aaron Crabtree, Dean of Students; and William Katip, President.  

Lucas VanderHart
248 supporters