Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has been a faithful supporter of the Second Amendment since he walked into Congress, fighting against any efforts to seize gun rights. With Republicans in control of the federal government, the Kentucky Congressman thinks it’s about time firearm supporters started advancing more pro-gun legislation.
In a statement released on Thursday, Massie announced that he was leading the Second Amendment Caucus with several other Republican Congressmen.
“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades,” Massie stated in the statement. “I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda.”
The founding members of the caucus include Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Brian Babin (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ken Buck (R-CO), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Jody Hice (R-GA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY).
The members intend to use the caucus as an active meeting group to both sponsor pro-gun legislation and invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak about various issues.
A member of Congress can join the Second Amendment Caucus if they have shown a strong commitment to the group’s founding principals and have a good voting record on gun rights.
Back 2004, former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) originated the first Second Amendment Caucus. It disbanded in 2008. In 2009, it was briefly recreated and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force.