Alexander Praises Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirming Second Amendment Rights

June 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today released the following statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments:

“Today the Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonald v. Chicago was a victory for upholding the Second Amendment and the U.S. Constitution,” said Alexander, a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). “Essentially, this decision reaffirms what most of us have always believed – that our freedoms explicitly granted by the U.S. Constitution, such as the fundamental right to keep and bear arms, should not vary throughout the 50 states.

“The Second Amendment has always been a clear-cut issue for those who stand behind the U.S. Constitution as it was written by our forefathers. I firmly believe that the U.S. Constitution and the civil liberties it bestows are sacred and should be handled as such. The Supreme Court’s job is to uphold these words, and I am glad today’s ruling reflected this duty.

“Being a life-long Louisianian, I have grown up enjoying the ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ as my home. Federal, state and local governments should not impose any law that restricts the liberties of citizens to purchase, own and legally use firearms. Rest assured, I have consistently voted to defend these constitutional rights, and I will continue to support legislation that will keep them protected.”

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