I wanted to give you an update on H.R. 45, the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. This bill was referred to the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security for further review. This bill puts unreasonable restrictions on gun ownership and makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to own guns. Should this bill reach the floor of the House for a vote, I will oppose it.
In the district I have heard a lot of rumors about SB 2099, or S. 2099. S. 2099 was a gun control bill that was introduced in the Senate nine years ago. This bill was never considered by the Senate in 2000, and you will be glad to know that it has not been reintroduced this year, which means it is no longer pending in Congress.
Like you, I strongly support an individual's Second Amendment rights. I continue to believe that enforcement of current laws and rigorous prosecution of criminals is the way to reduce crime -- not more gun control. While crimes committed by guns are certainly a concern, I believe that gun control will do little to diminish crimes committed with guns. Criminals who are already predisposed to breaking more serious laws would pay little respect to laws limiting their use of firearms. I believe that a better approach to fighting crime committed with guns is to enforce existing laws and prosecute those who committed the crimes more severely. Not only would strengthening penalties serve as a deterrent to those who would commit crimes, but it would not infringe upon the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families.