GOP Establishes Strong Second Amendment Platform at National Convention

The Republican 2012 party platform, adopted on Aug. 28 by GOP Convention delegates in Tampa, endorses national concealed carry reciprocity, gun owner privacy and "stand your ground" rights while opposing reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and restrictions on magazine capacities.

"This is the strongest pro-gun rights platform I've ever seen," said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. "This is strong stuff that squarely puts the GOP behind, ahead of and alongside every one of this nation's millions of law-abiding gun owners."

The Republicans' pro-Second Amendment platform is an effort to reach out to the nation's 90 million gun owners and separate the GOP from Democrats, who are expected to adopt a platform that calls for restoration of the semi-auto ban, restrictions on gun shows and limits on concealed carry.

The Republican platform also supports the "right to obtain and store ammunition without registration" and condemns the "reckless actions associated with the operation known as 'Fast and Furious'" and ensuing contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.

"I was delighted to see such a bold position put forth because it clearly provides a contrast between those who offer lip service to the Second Amendment, and those who live by it," Gottlieb said.