Thomas Jefferson said, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
Throughout my years of public service, I have always been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. During my 14 years as a Texas State Representative, I helped pass legislation allowing individuals to carry concealed handguns with a permit. This law enables Texans protect themselves and their families from dangerous criminals. Since the law passed, Texas has seen significant drops in its violent crime rates.
The Framers of our Constitution established the Second Amendment with the intent of protecting every individual's right to keep and bear arms. I believe the best way to reduce crime rates is by enforcing the laws that are already on the books rather than restricting the gun rights of law-abiding American citizens. You can be sure that I will always fight to defend your Second Amendment rights.
I have supported the following legislation in the 111th Congress:
* H.R. 197 -- The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Bill -- This bill allows a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to carry a concealed firearm in another state in accordance with that states' laws.
* H.R. 1074 -- The Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act -- This bill allows licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, dealers, or collectors to sell or deliver any firearm to a resident of another state.
* H.R. 442 -- The Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act -- This bill provides a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record any firearm acquired before October 31, 1968, by a veteran while a member of the Armed Forces stationed outside the continental United States.
* H.R. 1684 -- Preservation of the Second Amendment in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges Act -- This bill allows a person to possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area in accordance with the laws of the state.