Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus Statement of Principles

by L. Neil Smith

Every man, woman, and responsible child has a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right (within the limits of the Non-Aggression Principle) to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon -- handgun, shotgun, rifle, machinegun, anything -- any time, anywhere, without asking anyone's permission.
-- L. Neil Smith, The Atlanta Declaration

Whereas the right to self-defense is neither socially conditional nor politically collective, but inherent in the basic nature of each and every individual human being, and implies an unlimited right to obtain, own, and carry weapons of any kind, and

Whereas the individual right to self-defense can neither be denied nor granted by kings or constitutions, by legislative or judicial acts, nor is it subject to regulation or to the democratic process, and

Whereas the individual right to self-defense includes the right to self-defense against the state -- all power exercised by the state being derived from individual rights and being therefore inferior to them,

Be It Resolved that the individual right to self-defense necessitates repeal or nullification of any law:

requiring licensure or registration of weapons, weapons owners, weapons makers, weapons dealers, or gunsmiths;

taxing ownership or transfer of weapons, weapons accessories, weapons parts, or ammunition;

denying free choice of manufacture, price, acquisition, method of carry, concealment or concealability, caliber, power or form of ammunition, configuration, social acceptibility, quality, safety, or security of storage, ammunition capacity, operating mode or rate of fire;

regulating local, interstate, or international transport or transfer of any weapon or associated item;

restricting gas, electric, jointed, or edged weapons, impact-resistant clothing, or any other protective device; or

permitting the state or its employees to retain, sell, or destroy weapons taken from individuals.

Be It Further Resolved that government agencies charged with enforcing such laws be abolished, their records destroyed, that any individual ever arrested, indicted, or convicted under such laws receive unconditional release and restitution to all previous rights and property -- and that the past and present employees of these agencies (rather than the taxpayers) be responsible for this restitution, and

Be It Further Resolved that any elected or appointed public official who advocates, introduces, sponsors, or votes for such laws -- or has done so in the past -- be removed from office as the 14th Amendment provides and prosecuted under felony statutes for violating his or her oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, as well as violating the natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional rights of the people of the United States of America.

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