Yesterday at my campaign bus stop in Newport News, VA, a supporter of mine was arrested for open carrying a firearm... in an open carry state.
Despite the fact that 2A clearly states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and despite the fact that Virginia allows open carry, the city of Newport News passed an ordinance banning open carry on city-owned property.
NNPD allege that he refused to comply, and arrested him. This happened about an hour before my event started when we were getting ready. I ran to the scene of his arrest and tried to reason with the officers, but unfortunately they put orders over their oath to the constitution.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If he were to be found "guilty", it would only be of the "crime" of refusing to comply with an illegal ordinance that violates our right to keep and bear arms.
The irony of the fact that this arrest was carried out by nearly a dozen officers who were all open carrying is not lost on me.
This arrest is a reminder that most of the tyranny we suffer on a daily basis is local, and it’s crucial that we elect people who will dismantle these blatant violations of our rights. It is also crucial for police to remember that the constitution, is the prime law of the land.
Common sense gun control is #WeThePeople, armed with whatever and in whatever manner we wish, deciding what weapons we allow government to carry. When we achieve this, things like police brutality and politicians robbing us to bailout billionaires will be a thing of the past.
Attention politicians and government agents: the constitution is the prime law of the land, and you swore an oath to defend it. Obey the law and do your damn jobs.
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