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Issue Position: Second Amendment

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Congresswoman Ellmers believes that all Americans have the Constitutional right to bear arms. The Second Amendment clearly reads: "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Our founders certainly believed, as we do, that the right to have and use a gun is an individual right that should not be imposed upon by overly intrusive government regulation.

Although she believes that gun owners must be responsible for the use and care of their guns, she does not want to see law-abiding gun owners penalized for the actions of criminals. It has become far too easy to place blame on guns, and their accessibility, rather than the criminals themselves. Currently, there are nineteen laws on the books regulating gun purchases and use but more legislation will not result in safer streets, offices or schoolyards.

To that end, she is opposed to any measures that would impose further limitations on the right to bear arms. She stands behind our Constitution and the fundamental rights that the Second Amendment affords to all Americans. She will continue to vote to safeguard the liberties of gun owners and to stand up for your freedom to own and purchase firearms.


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