WHEREAS, for every robber stopped by a homeowner with a handgun, four
homeowners or members of their family are killed in gun accidents;
WHEREAS, the US Supreme Court has repeatedly held (most recently in 1939
upholding the 1938 National Firearms Act) that the Second Amendment to the US
Constitution only prohibits Congress from restricting the right of each state to
maintain an armed militia and does not create a right for individuals to own
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1976 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association urges upon the government of the United States the passage of
legislation which would prohibit ownership or possession of all handguns, except
for: law enforcement officers; members of the armed forces; guards and
messengers while on duty; licensed pistol clubs for on-premise use; owners of
permanently inoperable handguns; and manufacturers, wholesalers, and dealers as
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That such legislation provide for strict control of
handgun ammunition and specify security measures to guard against theft or
exempted handguns and ammunition, a six-month period wherein handguns may be
surrendered in return for reasonable compensation, and that the unlawful
possession of a handgun shall be made a felony.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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