Gun Ownership

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Gun Ownership in Nevada


Libertarians support the 2nd amendment.


The Libertarian Party acknowledges that the 2nd Amendment forbids the Federal Government from infringing on the right of the People to keep and bear arms. Along with the constitutional right to this, there is a higher natural right of the individual to protect his or herself and loved ones from the initiation of force by others. Libertarians support people's right to choose how best to defend themselves. We reject any and all claims that the government knows better, is better able to decide, or has a moral or legal claim to be able to limit the manner in which law abiding American citizens defend themselves.

There is either no correlation between gun ownership and gun violence, or a negative correlation. Switzerland is well armed, and low crime, while Japan is unarmed and low crime (although it is an extremely rigid and repressive society). Russia and South Africa both have extremely rigid gun ownership laws, and high crime.

The only way to enforce a ban on firearms is through the use of violence. Because guns are an equalizer, this would require the disarmers to have more firepower than the disarmed. How then can we disarm the disarmers, or have any hope of preventing abuses?

As is the case with any prohibition, banning guns will make them more expensive and give organized crime a great opportunity to make profits in a new black market for weapons. Street violence will increase in new turf wars. Criminals will not give up their guns. But, many law abiding citizens will, leaving them defenseless against armed bandits.

The police do not provide security in your home, your business or the street. They show up after the crime to take reports and do detective work. The poorer the neighborhood, the riskier it is for peaceful residents. Citizens deserve the same protection as police and judicial officers, their lives are not more important than everyone else.

Nevada should remove the state statute that allows handgun registration powers, and end the blue cards.