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Issue Position: I Believe... Bear Arms

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I Believe...

…In protecting our right to bear Arms so citizens are safe and Sportsman can enjoy hunting activities.

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution

I believe… The Bill of Rights serves as both a promise and a warning ; a promise to the American people that we will remain free to govern ourselves, and a warning to all others that we are fully empowered to do so.

None of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights, including the Second, grants us any rights at all. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to guarantee that the rights we already have cannot be taken from us. These are the rights the Declaration of Independence calls, "...certain unalienable Rights,..." and as a result, which no government can bestow upon, only deny or take away from otherwise free people.

The 1.28 million resident sportsmen in Minnesota are responsible for adding $1.6 billion in salaries and wages to our economy. They also add $430 million in federal taxes as well as $415 million in state and local taxes. The money spent by the sportsmen of our state also adds a ripple effect in the Minnesota economy. The combination of money spent by both anglers and hunters places Minnesota 5th in the nation.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin

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