Issue Position: 2nd Amendment

Issue Position

By:  Don Young
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Defending Your Right to Bear Arms

As your Representative in Congress I have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and that is exactly what I've been doing for the last 35 years. As Americans, our forefathers fought, and died, for our right to protect ourselves, to protect our families, and to protect our homes. In Congress, I have been actively defending the rights of gun owners everywhere, working towards improving the clarity and enforcement of our laws and protecting our rights as Americans. This has been my policy and my passion and I will continue to defend our Constitutional rights to which we are entitled.

I am a proud Board Member of the NRA and believe that their commitment to youth programs like 4-H and the Boy Scouts of America, firearms education and hunter education courses are invaluable to this country.

I believe in producing results instead of promises. Here are just a few of the things which I have been working on as your Representative in Congress.

Bills Passed by the House and Voted For

H.R. 2640 - NICS Improvement Amendments Act

This bill clarifies and improves the enforcement of current gun laws without adding any additional restrictions on who can own a firearm. It also provides a means for individuals who had been restricted for health reasons to clear their name from the NICS. Finally, it prohibits the charging of federal fees for NICS background checks, keeping a few extra dollars in your pockets.

Bills Cosponsored

H.R. 861 - The Right to Carry Act

This bill provides a logical solution to a problem that is faced by gun owners nationwide. It allows any individual who possesses a lawful concealed firearm carrying permit, issued by a state, to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. This bill promotes a system similar to that used by drivers for their licenses and would take some of the legal guesswork out for our fellow citizens who wish to exercise their rights.

H.R. 1399 - District of Columbia Personal Protection Act

This bill will restore the Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights to the residents of the District of Columbia. The citizens of this region have been left without a means to defend themselves and frankly it's un-American, un-ethical, and now under review by those of us who have sworn to protect those very liberties which make our Nation great.