Gibbs Passes Amendment to Protect Second Amendment Rights

July 14, 2011

Today, the House Passed my Amendment to protect law-abiding individuals' civil right to bear arms on lands owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Gibbs: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the Gosar-Gibbs-Altmire amendment to prohibit funding the Secretary of Army to enforce a regulation that prohibits firearm possession in compliance with state law on corps projects and lands. Earlier this year, I and representative Altmire from pennsylvania with co -sponsor --Representative Gosar from Arizona introduced H.R. 1865, a stand-alone bill that would prohibit the Secretary of the Army from enforcing any regulation that keeps an individual from possessing firearms on army corps of engineer water resource development projects. Gun owners need to be able to exercise their second amendment rights when they are legally camping, hunting and fishing on army corps property. Last Congress, this house passed national parks lang twhadge became law to allow for guns on national parks land and the army corps of engineers immediately issued the following release. Public law 111-026 -- 24 does not apply to corps projects or facilities. The passage of this new law does not affect the application of title 36 regulations. This policy preempts state regulatory framework from transporting and carrying firearms, thus invalidating concealed weapon permits and other state laws that allow law-abiding citizens to transprlt and carry firearms. This amendment is a bipartisan effort that would put a temporary fix to the end -- to end the patchwork of regulations that govern different lands managed by different federal agencies.