ALEC Resolution on McDonald vs. Chicago Exposed
The Resolution on McDonald vs. Chicago is listed under ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force, but does not include approval information. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of ALECexposed.org in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.
ALEC Resolution Text
WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council is the nation’s largest individual membership organization of state legislators, dedicated to advancing the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty,
WHEREAS, the private, individual ownership and use of firearms has existed in every American state throughout the nation's history and continues to this day as a cherished and fundamental aspect of American culture; and
WHEREAS, in the historic District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment protects the right of Americans, as individuals, to keep and bear arms in case of confrontation; and
WHEREAS, the Heller decision concerned the application of the Second Amendment only as against federal regulation and left unresolved the judicial question of whether the Second Amendment also prohibits infringement of the right to keep and bear arms by state and local governments; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court will address the application of the Second Amendment to states and localities through either the Due Process Clause or the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in the case of McDonald vs. Chicago, Docket Number 08-1521; and
WHEREAS, this case will have major implications for the legality of gun bans in states and other restrictive gun laws in Chicago and other cities across the United States; and
WHEREAS, state lawmakers have a profound interest in this case as guardians of their constituents’ health, welfare, and constitutional rights; and
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was extensively debated and ultimately ratified by the state legislatures;
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the American Legislative Exchange Council recognizes that the right of self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms are fundamental rights belonging to all free citizens everywhere, and that these rights have been deeply rooted in America’s constitutional tradition;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Legislative Exchange Council affirms that the state legislatures that ratified the Fourteenth Amendment understood the Amendment to incorporate the right of self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms against state and local infringement; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Legislative Exchange Council affirms that the Second Amendment and the fundamental right of self-defense apply to Americans throughout the United States, regardless of where they live against state and local governments so as to prohibit their infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.