State Rep. Steve Carra today reiterated his unequivocal support for the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, expressing his staunch opposition to gun control legislation proposed in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate.
“Adhering to the U.S. and Michigan constitutions is my top priority in the Legislature,” said Carra, of Three Rivers. “Both constitutions secure specific, individual liberties held by the people — including the right to keep and bear arms. I will always defend this core constitutional right, which enables citizens to defend themselves and their families.”
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Article 1, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution declares, “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”
“Gun control proposals would fly in the face of the personal freedom that is so fundamental to our American constitutional order,” Carra said. “I will oppose any legislation that would erode our constitutional rights.”
As an example of gun control legislation he opposes, Carra mentioned a recently introduced package, House Bills 5628 and 5629, which would prohibit the sale of magazines that can contain more than 10 rounds. Anyone already in possession of such a magazine would not be allowed to keep it until it is reported to local law enforcement. The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security.
“Some politicians want to restrict law-abiding citizens and prevent them from exercising their freedom, but I won’t,” Carra said. “I will follow my oath of office and protect our constitutional rights, and my legislative colleagues must do the same.”
In May 2021, Carra helped introduce a package of legislation to allow constitutional carry for firearms in Michigan. The plan would allow legal gun owners to carry a firearm without first obtaining a permit.
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