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Senator Ted Cruz co-sponsors the Protecting the Second Amendment Act

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced his co-sponsorship of the Protecting the Second Amendment Act, which was introduced by Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). The bill would amend the Gun Control Act to nullify generalized, routine, or ongoing reporting requirements on lawful gun owners based on geographic location or sales records of multiple long guns, and prohibit future executive action against them.

Under an Obama-era executive order claiming to target the flow of firearms to Mexican drug cartels, gun owners and dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were unduly targeted and subjected to additional reporting requirements on firearms above .22 caliber.

“The right to bear arms is one of the most foundational and basic freedoms in our Constitution,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am therefore proud to cosponsor this bill which will roll back regulations that specifically and unfairly targeted Texas. I am grateful for the opportunity to reverse the previous administration’s misguided policies and champion Texans’ and Americans’ freedom to protect themselves and their families.”

“On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, we would like to thank Senator Strange for introducing this important bill that would roll back the Obama administration’s defacto gun registration scheme,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “Senator Strange continues to be a champion for our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in the U.S. Senate.”

“For eight long years the Second Amendment was constantly under threat by an Administration hostile to the fundamental right of Americans to defend themselves,” said Cornyn. “This bill will help roll back unilateral regulations from the last Administration targeting law-abiding gun owners, and I’m proud to join Senator Strange in this fight.”

“The Obama administration demonstrated time and again a disturbing willingness to bypass the separation of powers and disregard Congress as a Constitutional watchdog,” said Strange. “Had the restrictions faced by lawful gun dealers in border states been applied to Alabama, many sportsmen, myself included, would have a difficult time practicing our hobby, and exercising our Constitutional rights. With this bill, I am proud to stand up against existing and future threats to the rights of lawful gun owners, and restore respect for the rule of law.”

Sen. Cruz has long been a champion for the Second Amendment and upholding Americans’ right to protect themselves and their families:

Led the effort to prevent federal legislation to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

Authored legislation to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Americans by allowing interstate firearms sales.

Led 31 states in District of Columbia v. Heller where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on firearms in a 5-4 landmark decision, and was later honored by the National Rifle Association with a 2008 resolution for his leadership in the case.

Awarded the NRA’s 2010 Carter-Knight Freedom Fund award, which “rewards exemplary activities in the support and protection of the right to Keep and Bear Arms” for his work in the Heller and McDonald cases.

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