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Gun Law Expert Commends House on Memorial Day Self-Defense Vote
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

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"Members of the U.S. House of Representatives deserve Americans' thanks and commendation for voting to support the right to self-defense of our service men and women," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

The 260 to 160 vote came just before the Memorial Day recess on an amendment by Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL) to the National Defense Authorization bill. The House then passed the underlying bill 322 to 96.

The Mica Amendment would require the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the rules of engagement applicable to armed forces assigned to duty in a hostile fire area fully protect the service members' right to bear arms and authorizes the service members to fully defend themselves from hostile actions.

"It is almost incredible that such a proposal even is necessary, but that is the sorry state of affairs to which our country has fallen under the Obama administration," said Snyder. "Our service men and women need the Mica Amendment. Hopefully U.S. Senators will include this amendment when they consider the National Defense Authorization bill later this year."

Congressman Mica explained that he offered the amendment in response to pleas from armed forces personnel serving in combat zones around the world.

"The individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms is for all law-abiding American citizens, including our soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen," commented Snyder. "It is most appropriate that Congressman Mica and the Representatives who supported his measure have taken a stand publicly for this right on this Memorial Day."

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