Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 3478
(House of Representatives - November 13, 2013)

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           By Mr. SALMON:
       H.R. 3478.
       Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       Article I Section 8 Clause 18 ``The Congress shall have 
     Power To . . . make all Laws which shall be necessary and 
     proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and 
     all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the 
     Government of the United States, or in any Department or 
     Officer thereof.''
       As it is the purpose of the government of the United States 
     to protect and defend the natural and inalienable rights of 
     the American citizen, it is necessary and proper for the 
     Congress to legislate, when necessary, to ensure the ability 
     of the citizenry to keep and bear arms and to travel with 
     such arms while taking reasonable precautions to ensure the 
     safety of his/her fellows and to respect state and local 
     laws.