Last updated on: 10/6/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Gun Owners of America Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“The Second Amendment guarantees that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ This means that law-abiding citizens should not need to beg the government for permission to carry a firearm. That would turn the ‘right’ to bear arms into a mere ‘privilege.’ Likewise, one should not have to be photographed, fingerprinted, or registered before they can exercise their Second Amendment rights. Criminals certainly do not jump through these ‘hoops.’ The Second Amendment is no different than any of the other protections enumerated in the Bill of Rights. That is, honest citizens should not need a government issued permission slip; rather, they should be able to carry as a matter of right.”

“Why Adopt a Vermont-style CCW Law?,” www.gunowners.org (accessed July 14, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue.

GOA was founded in 1975 by Sen. H.L. (Bill) Richardson (now retired). Richardson continues to serve as the Chairman of Gun Owners of America, bringing his many years of political experience to the leadership of GOA. Richardson is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

The GOA Board of Directors brings over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience on guns, legislation and politics. GOA’s Board is not satisfied with the ‘status quo.’ Americans have lost some of our precious gun rights and WE WANT THEM BACK! This is why GOA is considered the ‘no compromise’ gun lobby.

From state legislatures and city councils to the United States Congress and the White House, GOA represents the views of gun owners whenever their rights are threatened.”

“About Gun Owners of America,” www.gunowners.org (accessed Sep. 28, 2010)

Mission:

“To preserve, protect and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, including promoting and developing a greater understanding and awareness regarding the importance and benefits of firearms ownership, and conducting edcuation and advocacy related to such rights.”

“Gun Owners of America Inc.,” www.guidestar.org (accessed Sep. 28, 2010)

Other:
501(c)4 nonprofit organization
Contact Info:
Phone
703-321-8585
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
gunowners.org
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?