Calls For Banning Guns In Checked Luggage

Following the January 6th shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz quickly pushed the idea of making it illegal for travelers to pack their firearms in their checked luggage. Though the incident happened in a gun free zone, the suspect had pulled his gun from his luggage in the baggage area before he began shooting.

Wasserman Schultz, the Democrat Congresswoman from Florida, said, “We certainly need to revisit and review whether or not you should be allowed to check firearms in your checked baggage and travel with them.” One option she is considering is creating a secure area where people who check guns have to go to pick up their firearm or to place a complete ban on checking ammunition.

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Republican Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus

Today, a group of U.S. Representatives, led by Congressman Thomas Massie, launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.


“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated.

“Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. “I’m honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.”

“With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, economist and author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.

“While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature,” said attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court.


The following congressmen are founding members of the caucus: Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Brian Babin (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ken Buck (R-CO), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Jody Hice (R-GA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY). Caucus members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of the Second Amendment.


In addition to drafting and sponsoring pro-gun legislation, members of the Second Amendment Caucus will invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus.


Eligibility for membership in the Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a U.S. Representative’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.


The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.  

The Hail Mary

Please reach out to your senators and let them know that you do not support this effort. Politely ask for their help in blocking such legislation.

Few Americans know much about the Arms Trade Treaty negotiated by the Obama administration, proposed for adoption by the United Nations three years ago, and still waiting for ratification by the U.S. Senate. President Obama, who would have pushed it along even earlier but didn’t want anyone to hear about it before the 2012 election, when it was new, is trying for ratification one last time. The Democrats, as the chastened president said at the time, “took a licking” in those midterm elections, and the licking might have been worse. He persuaded the U.N. to postpone its passage until the elections were done, and then he urged them to go ahead.

The treaty was years in the making and until Mr. Obama arrived at the White House the United States made it clear that it would never be a party to an international agreement that infringed the Second Amendment rights of Americans. That red line was removed at Mr. Obama’s request. The president has trouble with red lines. The treaty was aimed at registering not just military weapons, as its proponents argued, but individually owned civilian arms, too, including rifles, pistols and shotguns.

Champions of the Second Amendment fought hard for language exempting such arms, but such an exemption was unequivocally rejected by the U.N. negotiators. What was offered instead was meaningless argle-bargle in the preamble to the treaty, with no binding effect. Since a majority of the U.S. Senate opposed ratification, Mr. Obama would not submit the treaty to the Senate because he knew Harry Reid could not corral the 66 senators required to ratify it. Until last week.

Mr. Obama decided to give it the old college try. He sent it up late in the week, assuring senators who know better they need not worry about the Second Amendment because the treaty is “fully consistent with rights of U.S. citizens, including those secured by the Second Amendment.”

That was false three years ago, and it’s false now. Sen. Robert Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Mr. Obama that “nothing has changed over the last four years to suggest the treaty is in our national interest, and it will remain dead in the water.”

Fortunately, Mr. Corker and his colleagues can have the last word. They can either ignore the treaty or take it up to drive a stake through its heart with a final rebuke to Mr. Obama, and to those determined to drive the stake not through the treaty, which deserves it, but through the Second Amendment. The Senate can’t let that happen.