After being requested by the Libertarian Party of Colorado, through its Regional Representative (this IPR editor, Caryn Ann Harlos), the Libertarian National Committee joined Colorado (and now the Libertarian Party of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana) in passing the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent human right;
WHEREAS, the Platform of the Libertarian Party opposes all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition;
WHEREAS, the Platform of the Libertarian Party affirms the right of due process and denies the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”;
WHEREAS, the government has steadily encroached upon these rights by illegitimately regulating and restricting access for firearms and ammunition and may further seek to deprive people who have been convicted of no crime of their inherent right to full self-defense by denying their civil and inherent rights to obtain firearms and ammunition;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian National Committee opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person simply for being placed on any government watch or no-fly list and reaffirms its call to repeal and oppose any existing or proposed firearm and ammunition regulations.
Here are the voting details. The Motion was originally brought by Harlos, and co-sponsored by Goldstein, Hayes, Katz, and Vohra.
Voting has ended for the email ballot shown below.
*Voting “aye”:* Bilyeu, Demarest, Goldstein, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Hewitt, Katz, Lark, McKnight, Starchild, Vohra
*Voting “nay”:* Bittner, Marsh, Mattson
With a final vote tally of 12-3, the motion exceeded the 3/4 vote threshold required by Bylaws Article 7.11, so it PASSES.
An amendment to this resolution which would have noted the confusing statements put out by Libertarian candidates specifically asking said candidates to re-affirm the Party’s pro-freedom stances was proposed by Starchild and co-sponsored by Harlos, Vohra, and Demarest. This amendment failed with the following votes:
*Voting “aye”:* Starchild, Harlos, Hayes, Vohra, Lark, Demarest
*Voting “nay”:* Mattson, Bittner, Starr, Katz, Goldstein, McKnight, Bilyeu, Hagan
Jay North, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, calls upon other affiliates to join Colorado in making this stand.