Will Serve a Three-Year Term
Alaska Congressman Don Young was notified today that he has been elected to the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term ending in 2001.
"In my capacity as a new NRA Board Member, I will continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I firmly believe this is a right granted by our founding fathers within the Constitution and therefore should be defended against any infringements," Young said.
In addition to his vehement defense of Second Amendment rights, Congressman Young is a co-sponsor of many pieces of legislation introduced during the 105th Congress that support a citizen's right to keep and bear arms. Some of this legislation is listed below:
The Consumer's Choice Protection Act of 1998 (H.R. 3954) This bill will make it clear that imported firearms may not be subject to discriminatory treatment and that citizens should retain the choice to own and use such firearms for all lawful purposes, including hunting, self-defense, collecting, competitive shooting, or plinking. It sets forth clearly that if a firearm is legally manufactured here in the U.S., a similar firearm can be imported into the U.S. for sale to law abiding Americans. This bill protects an individual's right to legally purchase firearms that are imported into this country for "sporting purposes," as well as for self-protection.
The Right to Safety and Personal Protection Act of 1997 (H.R. 339) was introduced on January 7, 1997 by Congressman Stearns (R-FL). This bill amends the Federal criminal code to establish a national standard for the carrying of certain concealed firearms. It will authorize a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one State to carry it in other states.
Community Protection Act of 1997 (H.R. 218) was introduced on January 7, 1997 by Congressman Cunningham (R-CA). This bill will allow current and former law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons across State lines.
Citizen's Self-Defense Act (H.R. 27) was introduced January 7, 1997 by Congressman Bartlett (R-MD). This legislation was introduced "to protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right."
States' Rights and Second and Tenth Amendment Restoration Act of 1997 (H.R. 1009) was introduced on March 11, 1997 by Congresswoman Chenoweth (R-ID). This legislation seeks to repeal Senator Frank Lautenberg's amendment to the 1996 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Senator Lautenberg's amendment restricts the rights of an individual to own a firearm if he or she has ever been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.
The newly elected Directors will be recognized at the Annual Meeting of Members in early June.