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Issue Position: Second Amendment

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I oppose any and all efforts to mandate gun control on law-abiding citizens. I staunchly support gun ownership and, as a gun owner myself, I believe we have a constitutional right to do so.

The Second Amendment recognizes the right of individual, law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms.

I have consistently fought to ensure the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not infringed upon. When federal bureaucrats and unelected judges restricted the Second Amendment in national parks. I authored a provision of law [Section 512 of Public Law 111-24] to reaffirm the right of law abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families when visiting national parks. When Congress sought to pass a bill that threatened to unfairly deny some veterans the right to bear arms, I successfully fought to make changes to the bill to ensure that the rights these vets fought and sacrificed for would not be denied to them. I also was a cosponsor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which was signed into law in 2005 and will shield gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits intended to limit gun ownership.

Congress does not have the authority to decide what firearms Americans should be able to possess for lawful purposes. I support allowing national concealed carry reciprocity, shielding gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits, repealing the unconstitutional gun restrictions in our nation's Capital and other measures designed to preserve the right of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves and their families.


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