BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is â€œencouraged by the strong pro-gun rights platformâ€ put forth at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
â€œThis is the strongest pro-gun rights platform Iâ€™ve ever seen,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who was in Florida this week.
The platform includes language supporting the â€œlaw-abiding citizensâ€™ God-given right of self-defense,â€ andÂ national concealed carry reciprocity. It opposes revival of a ban on so-called â€œassault weaponsâ€ and normal capacity ammunition magazines, and it also takes a swipe at the Justice Department over Operation Fast and Furious.
â€œThis is strong stuff that squarely puts the GOP behind, ahead of and alongside every one of this nationâ€™s millions of law-abiding gun owners,â€ Gottlieb noted. â€œI was delighted to see such a bold position put forth because it clearly provides a contrast between those who offer lip service to the Second Amendment, and those who live by it.â€
The Republican platform also supports gun owner privacy with language supporting â€œthe right to obtain and store ammunition without registration.â€
â€œI think it is important to American gun owners that, even in the wake of the tragedy in Colorado, and the soaring homicide rate in Rahm Emanuelâ€™s Chicago that the GOP platform framers can intelligently separate the acts of criminals from the civil rights of peaceable citizens,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œOthers would dredge up clichÃ©-ridden programs that have been demonstrable failures, and that punish law-abiding citizens for the acts of social losers, thugs and lunatics.
â€œThe Republican platform does none of that,â€ he concluded. â€œIt is clear that this platform language was crafted by people who understand that the rights of law-abiding gun owners should be expanded not eroded. Their platform recognizes gun owners as first-class Americans, not second-rate citizens.â€