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Issue Position: Second Amendment

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Jeff McWaters is a life-long sportsman and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed what most Americans already knew: That the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right and not just some vague notion that Americans have the right to form militias. Jeff also believes that this individual right for law-abiding Americans to own a firearm is a fundamental part of the Bill of Rights, on the same level as other revered aspects of our individual liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of press and the free exercise of religion.

The black market for guns is alive and well in Virginia and other states. Eighty percent of felons who committed crimes using guns buy those guns from friends or on the street. Jeff believes that additional regulations placed on gun dealers or gun shows will only make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to own guns--the criminals will still be able to obtain them on the street. Strict enforcement of existing laws, respect for human life, and allowing law-abiding citizens to protect their persons and their homes will do more to deter crimes involving firearms than adding more gun control laws to the books.


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