Anytime this country takes even one step closer to its founding as a constitutional republic, it’s time to celebrate.
In 1973, under Richard Nixon — the president who considered guns “an abomination” — legislation was passed banning guns on the millions of acres of countryside under the watchful eye of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This means no one is allowed to carry a gun for protection on that land if they’re just camping or hiking. (This is true even though hunting is allowed on some of those acres!)
However, that may soon change thanks to a 2014 lawsuit, Nesbitt v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which challenged the anti-gun regulation. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, a Clinton appointee, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in his decision:
[T]his complete ban goes beyond merely burdening Second Amendment rights but “destroys” those rights for law-abiding citizens carrying operable firearms for the lawful purpose of self-defense.
“The Army Corps of Engineers is reconsidering the firearms policy challenged in this case, as well as plaintiffs’ requests for permission to carry firearms on Army Corps property. This reconsideration has the potential to fully resolve plaintiffs’ objections.”
This is as it should be. The Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to protect their person and property at all times. Any regulation which denies that inalienable right, is in direct violation of our founding document. End of story.