Phil Gingrey to offer D.C. military right-to-carry amendment

June 11, 2013 15:55 pm

by Stefan · 17 comments


Ruh-roh rest of the 17 or so candidates for US Senate, the man who in my dreams is still mustachioed has combined his love of men in uniform and firearms to produce a heterosexual marriage of greatness. You know who else likes gun rights and our troops? Pretty much everyone who votes in the republican primary.


Not to be whatever, but maybe this should be proposed in concert with a) a fully funded treatment plan for soldiers with PTSD, b) a plan for a DC Congressman, because taxation without representation and all that, but really, that’s secondary to the below 100% American idea.

from the press release:

Rep. Gingrey today submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would exempt active duty military personnel from the District of Columbia’s punitive firearms rules.


“Our servicemen and women are highly-trained, highly-skilled, and the most professional fighting force in the world,”Gingrey said. “This amendment expresses the sense that D.C.’s 40,000 active duty military have the right to carry their firearms without risk of violating D.C. law, and in some cases, finding themselves in jail.”


About Gingrey’s amendment

Servicemen and women have been prosecuted because of the District’s unconstitutional prohibition, despite their training in the use of firearms, which is a travesty. These 40,000 individuals must request a waiver or be subject to D.C.’s onerous handgun regulations.


Studies have shown that firearms are a crime deterrent. The handgun ban leaves law-abiding citizens unable to protect themselves from violent acts or individuals breaking the law. This amendment recognizes that the D.C. handgun law, especially in regard to trained servicemen and women, punishes individuals well-equipped to protect themselves and others while emboldening perpetrators of violent crime.


Click here to read the amendment in full.

Winston June 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Stefan June 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

That’s a fact. Also a fact is that he’s offered something similar every year since 2008 (when DC v. Heller was decided). That said, everything the three Congresspeople who are running for Senate do this year will be looked at in context of the Senate race and this serves to underline Gingrey’s bonafides in two constituencies of primary importance.

tdk790 June 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I wonder which Gingrey/gun item impacts those Republican voters most:

“Phil Gingrey to offer D.C. military right-to-carry amendment” (Press Release)
“Georgia GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey favors gun control” (Yahoo News)
“Gingrey says he’s open to certain gun control measures” (Marietta Daily Journal)
“Conservative Georgia Congressman Expresses Support For Some Gun Control Measures” (TPM)
“Gingrey signals openness to some gun control” (AccessNorthGA)

Lea Thrace June 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Damn librul media…

Winston June 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

@tdk790 To be fair, Gingrey has been strong on gun rights since coming to Congress. He’s got an “A+” from the NRA. He’s supported Second Amendment and sportsmen’s rights legislation 38 out of 38 times and authored or co-sponsored 56 bills to protect gun rights.

Michael Silver June 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

Which part of the Second Amendment does he support? He argues for greater restrictions on us lowly citizens while pressing for greater powers for the government and its employees.

Someone needs to check out his pocket Constitution. There may be a typo. The original document doesn’t read:

A people disarmed by law being necessary for the security of Big Government and future tyrants, the right of “selected” government employees to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Barry Loudermilk apparently has the same Constitution printing because he is endlessly seeking special carry rights for government employees and even himself as a Legislator.

David Staples June 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

So essentially, Gingrey is saying that the 2nd amendment should apply to servicemen, but not the rest of the citizens who live in DC? Should be interesting to see how it plays out…

Stefan June 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

equal protection is not a thing.

Winston June 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

@David Staples It seems similar to the Law Enforcement Officer Act, which allows law enforcement officers’ privileges denied to the rest of us. No one is saying that the Second Amendment should only be applied to police officers or servicemen, but these laws are a no-brainer. One would assume it’s easier for all sides to get behind and leave gun grabbers with little argument.

BPundit June 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Seems pretty commonsense and the exact opposite of “gun control.” Not only is DC flouting empirical statistical evidence that crime rates are higher when law abiding citizens can’t own guns, it’s thumbing its nose at servicemen and women who live there and who have ostensibly received extensive weapons training. Out of respect for the 2nd amendment and men and women in uniform, I’m glad Gingrey is carrying the water on this.

If you care to read past sensationalized headlines, this provides a fuller picture of the Congressman’s stance:

Stefan June 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

1) The headline I used was from the press release.
2) Common sense is two words.
3) Local control.

BPundit June 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Apologies, I was referencing the 4 headlines provided by tdk790.

Rick Day June 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Well isn’t this nice of the Gentleman from Georgia?


For The District.

But as far as our “fighting veterans” go they are as rare as the gay male in general society:

While all service members are trained to respond to threats, 91 percent of military jobs do not involve direct combat operations.
Non-combat jobs in the Military include roles in journalism, business administration, food service and human resources.

from this trusted source

Can’t your people come up with something of substance for Americans, rather than crafting sound bytes for an upcoming election that pits the grumps vs meanies?

Probably not.

Jack Votes June 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Can anyone tell me why Gingrey is running for the Senate? I saw him at the state convention and at the Fulton County BBQ, his speeches were pathetic and gave no reason at all what his motivation was for running. Simply got the impression it was “his turn”. At the Fulton County BBQ he got like 5 votes in the straw poll out of 100 or so votes cast and he came in 2nd in his own district’s straw poll, I guess they know him best.

radix023 June 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

I get the exact same impression. One of the reasons I didn’t vote for him at the 11th district straw poll. It’s such a Bob Dole-esque candidacy (how did that work out?)

Stefan June 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

He won the Republican nomination as I recall. Isn’t that what all these people are competing for?

TheEiger June 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

And the Sock Puppets are out in force. We have that to look forward to over the next 18 months.

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