Libertarian Party of New Mexico Issues Resolution: Right to Self-Defense and to Firearms

OldLPNM_Logo_Yellow-200x200The Libertarian Party of New Mexico joins the Libertarian Party of Colorado in issuing a resolution on the rights to self-defense and firearms as follows:

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.

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21 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of New Mexico Issues Resolution: Right to Self-Defense and to Firearms

  1. Thomas Knapp

    These resolutions are kind of strange.

    “We feel an urgent need to let you know that we support what we’ve always supported, coupled with a strong aversion to telling you exactly why we feel such an urgent need to reassure you of that at this time and in these particulars.”

  2. Bondurant

    Perhaps these are indirect shots at Weld. I’d love to see a state affiliate actually call him out by name.

  3. Michael H. Wilson

    I can pretty much agree with this but I do have a question. Some Libertarians point out that the second amendment is here to protect us from tyranny initiated by the government. If that is the case has that ever actually happened?

  4. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    ==“We feel an urgent need to let you know that we support what we’ve always supported, coupled with a strong aversion to telling you exactly why we feel such an urgent need to reassure you of that at this time and in these particulars.”==

    Colorado said this: Over the past few months, the Libertarian Party has been in the spotlight, and questions have been raised regarding the Libertarian position on gun rights and related issues. In order to address these concerns, the Libertarian Party of Colorado passed the following Resolution: …

    Etc. As one of the Board members who passed this (it passed unaminously) it was not simply in response to Weld though certainly it was partially having to do with that. It had to do with all the candidates and the current administration, which is why no one was named specifically.

  5. Gene Berkman

    These commitments to the right to bear arms are important, but nobody seems to be dealing with the real issue right now.

    Police are killing many people, and they always give the excuse that they are “in fear for their life.” If they find a gun on the dead person, it is assumed that the police officer was in the right in killing the person, regardless of the right to bear arms.

    Libertarians are of course against police killing innocent people, including innocent gun owners. But many conservative supporters of gun rights also support the police, no matter what.

    I hope libertarian supporters of gun rights will start dealing with this issue.

  6. Michael H. Wilson

    Thanks Tom. All though I have read about that battle a number of times it slipped passed my mind today. Guess I’ll have to blame old age.

  7. Questioning Humanity's Intelligence

    And this is why the Libertarian Party will never get anywhere. This kind of stance on guns only appeals to backwoods red-necks who are anti-gay marriage (so there goes their vote), and a handful, less than .01% of the population, of libertarians.

  8. Andy

    I question the intelligence of the poster above for making such a stupid, unprincipled comment.

  9. Thomas Knapp

    I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily “unprincipled.” Maybe he or she just has principles you and I don’t agree with.

    But yeah, he or she is an idiot. That much, at least, we can know for sure.

  10. Thomas Knapp

    “Unprincipled from a libertarian perspective.”

    Not agreeing with libertarian principles isn’t being “unprincipled.” It’s just not having the same principles as libertarians.

    Words mean things.

  11. langa

    I hope libertarian supporters of gun rights will start dealing with this issue.

    With what issue? Cops being scum? Or conservatives who blindly support cops being scum?

    The thing that is likely to confuse people is when the LP runs candidates, like Jim Gray, who openly heap praise on the cops. The LP should certainly distance itself from those views. But I don’t see how shying away from the gun rights issue will make people realize that libertarians disapprove of police brutality.

  12. Andy

    If the poster who said the stupid comment above claims to be a libertarian, then the remark would be unprincipled.

  13. George Phillies

    @ 20:02 et seq. No, the original statement is a claim about how many people support a particular position, not whether the position is good or bad. It is therefore not a principled or unprincipled statement.

    It is, however, unusually implausible as a claim.. 0.01% of the population of the United States is around 30,000 people. National Party membership is four times that. Registered voters are an order of magnitude larger in number, and only about half the population of the country can register in any political party.

  14. Andy

    I had assumed that the poster was a person who claimed to be a libertarian. Perhaps this was a false assumption.

    If that poster’s advice on this issue was taken by any libertarians, then yes, it would be an unprincipled stand.

  15. Just Some Random Guy

    @ George Phillies

    It is, however, unusually implausible as a claim.. 0.01% of the population of the United States is around 30,000 people. National Party membership is four times that. Registered voters are an order of magnitude larger in number, and only about half the population of the country can register in any political party.

    Actually, there’s a better way to dispute that. After all, someone can be a member of the Libertarian Party and still disagree with their stance on gun control but are members and supporters because they agree with the rest of their stances. Being a member of the Libertarian Party is no guarantee that they’re a supporter of gun rights.

    On the other hand, being a member of the NRA is a virtual guarantee you’re a supporter of gun rights. Want to know how many people are members of the NRA? Millions of people, many more times than 0.01% of the population!

  16. Andy

    I have rarely encountered a Libertarian Party member who supports any kind of gun control laws.

    I have met NRA members who support some gun control laws.

    Gun Owners of America is a more hardcore pro-gun rights group than the NRA.

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