"...The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Gun rights questionnaire
(Questionnaire courtesy of National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea)
1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?
Campbell: Yes, of course the U.S. Constitution is the "Supreme Law of the Land" and the Bill of Rights acknowledges and is supposed to safeguard our God-given rights.
2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?
Campbell: Yes, and as the U.S. congresswoman from the Texas 25th congressional district I will do just that and proactively protect every American's God-given rights. This includes those Americans in the District of Columbia, that have lived far too long without their 2nd Amendment Rights; even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled their district gun laws were unconstitutional. I will fight for every American to have the same rights as do Texans.
3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.
Campbell: The laws that come to mind first as being clearly constitutional are those that prohibit selling firearms to illegal aliens; as they are not U.S. citizens, they are not subject to the same rights that we American citizens are.
4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.
Campbell: My reading of the 2nd Amendment says shall not be infringed and under that amendment, any limit placed on gun ownership or carrying by law-abiding citizens would [be] unconstitutional.
5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?
Campbell: Yes, and as a congresswoman from Texas, I would support such a law for all Americans. I am also a supporter of the 10th Amendment, but I would urge all states to strengthen their laws to incarcerate people using weapons during a crime, and I support the strengthening of sentences in federal crimes where the convicted felon was in possession of a weapon.
6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern, and will you use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right?
Campbell: Yes. One of the many reasons the Founding Fathers included the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was to allow citizens to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. It would be hard for citizens to do that without having the same military pattern weapons that may be used against them.
7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons?
Campbell: I strongly oppose registration of weapons because the only reason to register weapons is to know where they are in case the government wants to seize those same weapons.
8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms?
Campbell: I oppose any licensing requirements of law abiding citizens, although I am in favor of a national education program to encourage gun owners to learn how to handle a weapon in a safe manor run by a private organization.
9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?
Campbell: I would work to repeal some sections of the Firearms Owners
Protection Act '86. For example I would work to remove the ban on the sale of automatic weapons manufactured after 1986. I do support the sections that allow interstate purchase of long guns and putting an end to record keeping of ammunition.
10. If elected, will you back your words of support for firearms rights up with consistent actions?
Campbell: Yes, I will follow through with my support of the 2nd Amendment and all other facets of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
11. Do you support the right of law-abiding college students to carry for self-protection while on campus?
Campbell: Most college students have reached the age of 18, and at age 18 a person is considered an adult--they can join the U.S. Armed Forces to protect and defend this country with their lives. I see no reason that they should not be able to protect their lives and those of their fellow classmates. If we learned anything from the Virginia Tech shootings it would be that gun free zones do not work.