Anytime this country takes even one step closer to its founding as a constitutional republic, it’s time to celebrate.

In 1973, under Richard Nixon — the president who considered guns “an abomination” — legislation was passed banning guns on the millions of acres of countryside under the watchful eye of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This means no one is allowed to carry a gun for protection on that land if they’re just camping or hiking.  (This is true even though hunting is allowed on some of those acres!)

However, that may soon change thanks to a 2014 lawsuit, Nesbitt v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which challenged the anti-gun regulation. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, a Clinton appointee, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in his decision:

[T]his complete ban goes beyond merely burdening Second Amendment rights but “destroys” those rights for law-abiding citizens carrying operable firearms for the lawful purpose of self-defense.

Of course, the equally anti-gun Obama administration appealed Winmill’s ruling.  Just as the Court was about to consider it the Corps asked to be taken off the calendar.  They are actually reconsidering their policy, according to The Washington Post:

“The Army Corps of Engineers is reconsidering the firearms policy challenged in this case, as well as plaintiffs’ requests for permission to carry firearms on Army Corps property. This reconsideration has the potential to fully resolve plaintiffs’ objections.”

This is as it should be. The Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to protect their person and property at all times. Any regulation which denies that inalienable right, is in direct violation of our founding document. End of story.

H/T TruthRevolt

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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