Mark Cuban: Time to “Update” the Second Amendment

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Billionaire basketball mogul Mark Cuban thinks it’s time we change the Second Amendment.

Celebrities calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment is nothing new, but Cuban’s suggestions break that mold.

The Shark Tank investor presented a three-pronged “update” to the Second Amendment. “One, every American citizen has the right to own a gun,” Cuban says. “Two, the federal government will never be allowed to ever confiscate that gun from an individual.”

Cuban made the comments to Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in a conversation that aired on Yahoo Finance on Thursday in an episode of Influencers With Andy Serwer, a weekly interview series with leaders in business, politics, and entertainment.

Next, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks mentioned the Lone Star State in his second Second Amendment, in which he praised the power of federalism to let everybody live under laws they support. “States have the right to manage the ownership — the purchase, ownership, and management — of guns owned and held within their borders,” Cuban said.

“If you live in a state like Texas, if the law in Texas is open carry, so be it,” he adds. “If you live in Pennsylvania where they are more stringent and they don’t want you to be able to have a gun other than in your own premises or under lock and key or you have to do a background check, then that’s up to them to decide.”

This sort of strong state sovereignty advocacy is admirable, but unexpected from Cuban, who openly supported Hillary Clinton’s run for presidency in 2016.

Cuban himself admitted that “people probably wouldn’t expect” his pro-gun, pro-state sovereignty attitude.

The libertarian-leaning comments might have something to do with the fact that Cuban is reportedly contemplating his own run for the White House. In an interview with the New York Daily News back in March, the Mavericks owner obliquely offered his services to the country as an independent candidate in 2020:

I haven’t decided anything yet. We’ll see what happens. It all comes down to how things play out. It’s not something I feel like I have to do.

There’s a lot of uncertainty with what’s going on with the Mueller report, there’s a lot of things that have to be figured out before we know how 2020 is going to play out. But [running for president is] something that if circumstances were right I would.

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