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Mo Brooks says Alabama guns are no business of New York City

by Challen Stephens, AL.com  |  published on January 29, 2013

Congressman Mo Brooks this week added his voice to many in Alabama opposing gun control restrictions being bandied about in Washington this month.

Brooks, R-Huntsville, during an interview this week said the Second Amendment serves to protect all other constitutional rights and that New York City had no business telling Alabama how to regulate its firearms.

And from his point of view, it’s not about hunting or sport. Instead, Brooks said that history shows disarming a populace allows for the rise of dictatorial central governments. “The Second Amendment prevents our central government from even thinking about seizing dictatorial power that ends our republic or democracy,” he said.

President Obama this month proposed numerous measures to enhance gun control, including urging Congress to ban “assault-style” rifles and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California, late this week introduced a bill banning 157 rifles and high capacity magazines. Meanwhile, New York Rep. Charles Rangel said that the nation needs to “overcome” the culture in the South in order to tighten gun laws.

“I’m not OK with the people in New York City dictating to the rest of the country a set of gun ownership principles that are contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the people of Alabama,” said Brooks. “That’s not New York City’s business.”

He joins a long list in Alabama, where the state’s top law enforcement official, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, has said national tragedies should not be used a pretext to take away constitutional rights. And Alabama lawmakers are working on the Alabama Firearms Freedom Act, among other proposals, to head off any federal restrictions.

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