Senate Concurrent Resolution 607 Affirming the Legislature's support of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms passed unanimously out of the Senate State Affairs and has been placed on the consent calendar for the Senate.
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court upheld the individual right to own firearms under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution in District of Columbia v. Heller. Senate Concurrent Resolution 607 states that any executive action by the current administration or act of Congress to infringe upon that right would be a violation of the Supreme Court's decision; including that any effort by the federal government to require the registration of legally possessed firearms or ammunition would be an infringement on the Second Amendment; any effort by the federal government to confiscate or require the mandated sale of legally possessed or transferred firearms would be an infringement upon the Second Amendment; that any tax, fee, or required stamp specifically on firearms or ammunition not common to all other goods would be an infringement on the Second Amendment.
SCR 607 states that the Senate of the Ninety-Sixth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, and the House of Representatives, strongly favor and support the decision of the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, affirming the right of individual citizens to own and possess firearms; and that this Legislature firmly opposes any effort by the current administration to require the registration, confiscation, or mandated sale of firearms, and any other unconstitutional restriction on the individual right to keep and bear arms.
During a conversation recently here at the Capitol I was asked if the 2nd amendment is, “like, my thing.” My response is that upholding and protecting the Constitution is my priority, as it is the one brilliantly crafted document that preserves our freedoms and ensures our future, without question.
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