Rehberg Fights for Gun Owners
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week helped lead the effort to get members of Congress to sign onto an amicus brief in a case raising the question of whether the District of Columbia's gun ban violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The brief will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller.
"This is one of the most important Second Amendment cases of our lifetime," said Rehberg, a House Appropriations Committee member, and a member of the Second Amendment Caucus. "The court's decision in this matter will directly impact how our Constitutional right to bear arms will be viewed in the future. As Montana's Congressman, I believe it's my responsibility to weigh-in on this important case and stand up for Montana's gun owners."
The 30-page amicus brief traces instances where Congress has explicitly affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, as opposed to a collective right, which is the position of gun control advocates. The 30-page brief concludes the Supreme Court should uphold the March, 2007 appellate court decision which overturned a lower court's ruling that said the Second Amendment does not apply to individual citizens. The amicus brief has more than 125 congressional signatures in the House.
"From hunting to protecting our families and property, the right to keep and bear arms is a part of America's heritage," Rehberg said. "I'm helping to lead the charge on the brief and will continue the fight to defend our Second Amendment rights."