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Senate Proceeding 05-12-09 on May 12th, 2009 :: 0:37:15 to 0:41:50
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James Webb

0:37:14 to 0:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: mr. webb: i thank the senator. mr. president, there's a, rightfully so, a great deal of varying opinions among our body about the issue of gun control gun rights, second amendment,

James Webb

0:37:15 to 0:41:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

James Webb

0:37:35 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: who, whe, what. we've seen it debated many times in the now two and a half years since i've been here in the senate. and i think it reflects the diversity of our country. i think it affects the different challenges, the different

James Webb

0:37:56 to 0:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: regions, different urban and nonurban environments have when it comes to the use of weapons. and i respect that. i rpect the fact that many on our side of the aisle here have a great deal of concerns about amendments such as this endment. it just depends on what you're

James Webb

0:38:19 to 0:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: reading into it in many cases. but the other part of that is that i believe that this particular amendment addresses those differences, and it does so in a way that attempts to bring some fairnes to people

James Webb

0:38:41 to 0:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: who live in states that have a different view of the right to bear arms in other areas. i think we need to calm down a little bit here in terms of what the intent of this amendment is and what its application, what actually -- what its application would actually bring about.

James Webb

0:39:02 to 0:39:23( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: this amendment's very clear. it basically says that if you are authorized to possess a firearm in your state, and if the possession of that firearm is in compliance with the of your state, and if there is a national park or a national

James Webb

0:39:24 to 0:39:44( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: wildlife refuge system in that state, then you would be authorized to possess a firearm in your state in those areas. if you look at virginia, there are a lot of national parks and wildlife areas that interfin

James Webb

0:39:45 to 0:40:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: tkpwel even -- intermingle even along our roadways. we have a state that permits individuals not only possessing firearms, but also carrying them. and potentially they could be a legal risk if they're driving down the same highway and they get pulled over because they crossed into areas that are now

James Webb

0:40:07 to 0:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: national park areas. you know along the mountain areas in the western part of our state, that's true. it's actually true right across the river. if you're driving down the george washington memorial parkway from arlington to alexandria, you can suddenly enter an area that's a national park area.

James Webb

0:40:28 to 0:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: that places a burden on a lot of people who are obeying the law, who are carrying out the standards that have been placed on people in virginia. and this amendment helps to clarify that. that's all it does. if you live in a state where you

James Webb

0:40:53 to 0:41:14( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: can legally possess a firearm and if you meet the standardso legally possess a firearm, then in a national park inside that state or national wildlife refuge, you can continue to possess a firearm. it doesn't mean you can go hunting. it doesn't mean a 12-year-old can have a weapon inside a national park. it simply means that there's a

James Webb

0:41:15 to 0:41:35( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: consistency inside that state. and if you live in a different state that doesn't want to allow people to the extent that the second amendment would allow that sort of state legislation, then you can't bring a weapon or firearm inside one of those jurisdictions.

James Webb

0:41:36 to 0:41:51( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: so to me, as someone who he believes in all of the amendments in our bill of rights, believes very passionately about the first amendment and the fourth amendment and the fifth amendment and also in this case the second amendment, i believe

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