Resolution: Right to Self-Defense and to Firearms
WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent and unalienable human right; and
WHEREAS, the Platforms of the National Libertarian Party (LNC) and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition; and
WHEREAS, the Platforms of the LNC and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico affirm the right of due process, and deny the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”; and
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; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person solely 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.
This IPR editor was advised that the Libertarian Party of Jefferson Parish Louisiana issued a similar resolution several days ago. The Libertarian National Committee is also considering a similar resolution. The threshold for passage by the LNC is much higher than an affiliate due to a Bylaw requiring a 3/4 approval. The measure thus far has a super-majority of LNC support and responses in public from general membership has been in support.