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Nevada ACLU Supports Heller and 2nd Amendment!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Buck Nekkid, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Buck Nekkid

    Buck Nekkid Well-Known Member

    Unbelievable! In today's Las Vegas Sun:

    CARSON CITY — Everyone loves guns in Nevada. Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, Republicans, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ...

    Wait. The ACLU?

    The Nevada ACLU has declared its support for an individual’s right to bear arms, apparently making it the first state affiliate in the nation to buck the national organization’s position on the Second Amendment.

    The state board of directors reached the decision this month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects the rights of individuals to own handguns.

    “The Nevada ACLU respects the individual’s right to bear arms subject to constitutionally permissible regulations,” a statement on the organization’s Web site said. “The ACLU of Nevada will defend this right as it defends other constitutional rights.”

    “This was the consensus,” said Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel for ACLU of Nevada. “There really wasn’t a lot of dissent.”

    But the state affiliate’s position puts it at odds with the national organization.

    The New York City-based ACLU disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling, saying in a statement that it interprets the Second Amendment as a collective right to own guns and not an individual one.

    “In our view, neither the possession of guns nor the regulation of guns raises a civil liberties issue,” according to the position on its Web page.

    It’s that position that has long infuriated gun rights advocates.

    Larry Rhodes, president of the Stillwater Firearms Association, a Northern Nevada advocacy group, said the state ACLU’s position “is a wonderful thing.”

    “I’m thrilled the Nevada ACLU, which seems to support the other nine Bill of Rights, has decided to do this,” Rhodes said.

    John Cahill, chairman of the Nevada Outdoor Democrats, said he had not been a member of the ACLU because of its position.

    “I resented their position on the Second Amendment,” Cahill said. “I’d be happy to be a card-carrying member of the Nevada ACLU.”

    The phrase “card-carrying member of the ACLU” has long been used by conservatives as a liberal curse, perhaps most famously against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

    Gary Peck, executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, said the decision was not political, nor a slap at the national organization. He said the ACLU of Nevada often defends both conservative and liberal groups when, in its view, a constitutional right is being violated.

    “This was a legal, constitutional decision for us,” he said. “Right now, it’s an issue percolating in the ACLU universe. It should be no surprise that an issue that has sparked a lot of issues and debate outside the ACLU has sparked debate inside the ACLU.”

    The national ACLU, in a statement by a spokeswoman, said, “ACLU affiliates are free to take positions that differ from those of the national office.”

    The spokeswoman said she was unaware of any other ACLU affiliate that had taken a differing position on the Second Amendment.

    Peck said the state has a history of opposing government involvement in people’s lives.

    “Nevada has a long, proud tradition of libertarian skepticism of government overreach,” Peck said. “An individual’s right to bear arms, not surprisingly, is in the Nevada constitution.”

    Even when gun control was a major national issue during the 1990s, Nevada’s strong gun culture knew no party lines.

    State Sen. John Lee, a North Las Vegas Democrat, has sponsored a number of bills on people’s right to carry guns.

    He pointed to the gun park being built north of Las Vegas, the first phase of which will cost $64 million.

    “We’re a hunting state,” Lee said. “Here in Nevada, we’re a real pragmatic group of Democrats.” (Democratic state Sen. Dina Titus, during her run for governor in 2006, liked to point out that she owned a gun.)

    Attempts to find a Nevada group or affiliate in favor of stricter gun control were unsuccessful.

    Bob Fulkerson, the executive director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said he did not know of any such organizations in the state.

    The gun control issue “has never really come up,” he said. “It’s ironic because we are one of the leaders in handgun-related deaths.”

    Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said he recognizes different parts of cultures have different experiences with guns.

    “Certain areas of the country have very strong traditions and take great pride in them,” he said. “I think the real shame is we could have better firearm laws without preventing law-abiding citizens from owning guns.”

    Peck said he anticipates Nevadans will come to his group to protect their gun rights.

    “I have no doubt people will be making inquiries on their rights,” he said. “I have no doubt we’ll be stepping to the plate on Second Amendment rights, if they come under assault by governments. In this state, of course, I don’t see any big rush by lawmakers.”

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  2. Elza

    Elza Well-Known Member

  3. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    what were those pink things that just flew by my window?
  4. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    This just in from our weather reporter Beelzebub....temperatures have dropped and heavy snowfall is expected soon.
  5. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Piglets. The big pigs will fly when all the liberal leftists agree to the same thing...
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  7. xjchief

    xjchief Well-Known Member

    Apparently the NV ACLU knows what the ACLU supposedly stands for- individual liberty. A great day and hopefully a crack in the damn holding the ACLU's silly position on the collective rights myth.
  8. Elza

    Elza Well-Known Member

    Cut and paste the link from hso. There is a poll you can take as to whether the SC was right or wrong about Heller.
  9. SCKimberFan

    SCKimberFan Well-Known Member

    Is that Satan donning his ice skates???

    Thank you Nevada ACLU.

    (I can't believe I actually said thanks to an ACLU affiliate.)
  10. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    You suppose NV ACLU could open a branch here in Colorado?


    I have a feeling we're going to need one here.
  11. MGshaggy

    MGshaggy Well-Known Member

    Some of the big pigs already have flown the coop. It took a while, but even Harvard's liberal lion of constitutional law, Larry Tribe, eventually (and prior to the decision in Heller) came around to realize the second amendment is an individual right, not a collective one. It may take a while, but I think other chapters of the ACLU may eventually come around also.
  12. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    I thought...

    that that was the whole reason-for-being of the entire ACLU!

    It's the American CIVIL LIBERTIES Union. A "right" is meaningless unless those whose positions you dislike are also free to exercise it.
  13. Harvster

    Harvster Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of recent actions of a couple little suburbs around a large Midwestern city. Anyone for dominoes?
  14. damien

    damien Well-Known Member

    We need the other rural state ACLU chapters to jump on this is quickly as possible and work to change the National ACLU's opinion on this issue.
  15. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    Between yes and Heck yes we hold a 93% majority.

    Is the national ACLU in DC because that would explain alot?
  16. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Well-Known Member

    I wonder when they will go to work on the Clark County gun registration?

  17. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    Maybe the Nevada organization has enough gun owners in it to make a difference, unlike weaker states, such as Georgia, Texas, etc...
  18. H088

    H088 member

    Hey maybe this will set off a chain reaction
  19. RPCVYemen

    RPCVYemen Well-Known Member

    Texas ACLU has for several years.

    Does that challenge anyone's stereotypes? :)


  20. cxg231

    cxg231 Member

    Not that you mention it...

    ...it is a lot colder here today than usual for this time of year...:what:

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