Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court rightfully extended the reach of the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states:
"Today, the Supreme Court ruled that individuals have a Constitutional right to own handguns no matter where they live in the United States. This is a ruling that is deeply rooted in the traditions of this nation and makes certain that no individual has this right taken from them by repressive local governments.
"I have strongly supported the Second Amendment during my lifetime. Throughout my career, I have introduced and consistently voted in favor of pro-gun legislation. With the handgun being the most prevalent form of self-defense in our nation, I am pleased that our nation's highest court has ruled that Constitutional rights apply throughout the nation and may not be abridged by overreaching local governments. . However, I am still concerned that it took a decision from our nation's highest court in order to affirm a right given to us by the Constitution.
"As many have seen in the wake of the decision in DC v Heller, many government officials still do not want to grant individuals their Constitutional rights though they were affirmed by the Supreme Court of the United States. In the District of Columbia they have done this by instituting some of the most rigorous regulations on firearms registration anywhere in our nation. These regulations do nothing but hinder good legal citizens in their efforts to ensure they are able to defend themselves. One only has to look at the District of Columbia to know that a handgun ban does not inhibit criminals from committing violent crime.
"In my current position I will continue to press forward on making sure all legal individuals are able exercise their Second Amendment rights throughout our Nation."