The Second Amendment is under attack by Washington liberals like President Obama and Secretary Clinton. The current administration seems only to care about restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans. They politicize tragedy -- maligning millions of law-abiding, gun-owning Americans in the process -- proposing laws and new regulations that will drastically limit a basic Constitutional right for millions of Americans, while doing nothing to prevent these awful tragedies.
After the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama and Hillary Clinton quickly called for sweeping gun control provisions that would trample on the Second Amendment. My administration will be focused on keeping guns out of the hands of the terrorists who want to kill innocent Americans, rather than taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, as President Obama and Hillary Clinton would like to do.
As a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) with an A+ rating, I know how important the Second Amendment is to preserving our freedoms. My commitment to responsible gun owners is clear: As president of the United States, I will defend the Second Amendment, always.
Protecting the Second Amendment
Liberals like President Obama and Hillary Clinton will seize on every opportunity to advance a gun-grabbing agenda. For them, it is not about reducing crime rates -- it is about restricting gun-rights for all Americans.
As governor of Florida, I passed several pro-Second Amendment pieces of legislation that made our state a national model for protecting and advancing gun rights. We were the first state to pass Stand Your Ground to enable citizens to defend themselves from attackers outside their homes. We also expanded concealed carry permits and provided reciprocity to gun owners in other states so they could carry while visiting Florida. As a result of our efforts to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of our citizens, Florida today has more concealed carry permit holders than any other state.
To protect the Second Amendment, as president I will:
Repeal Obama's anti-gun executive actions.
Oppose all legislative actions that impose unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners.
Nominate and fight for conservative judges who have a deep respect for the Constitution and the Second Amendment.
Defending the Law
In Florida, we reduced crime and gun violence while fully respecting the Second Amendment. I worked hard to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. Early in my first term as governor, I signed a law that imposed tough mandatory minimum sentences on felons who used guns in their crimes. This helped reduce gun violence in Florida by nearly 20 percent while bringing our overall crime rates down to a 35-year low. In Florida, we conducted our own background checks of gun buyers and required Florida courts to report any incidence where someone had been found mentally defective in a court of law or was involuntary committed.
The nation does not need more laws restricting the rights of gun owners. Instead, we need to enforce the laws we already have. That is why as president I will:
Appoint an attorney general who will enforce existing laws rather than demanding new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.
Fix our broken mental health system to ensure that the medical records of those who are dangerously mentally ill are entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Expanding Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Access
Americans should be encouraged -- not discouraged -- to fish, hike, hunt and camp on federal lands. Yet millions of acres of public land in the West are inaccessible to the public, due to historic checkerboard land ownership patterns and inadequate points of entry. I understand that lack of access to lands is a primary reason that hunters stop participating in this traditional sport. As the governor of Florida, I instituted a "no net loss" policy for sportsmen's access. I also signed a law ensuring Florida citizens had the right to carry firearms for lawful purposes while in national forests and state parks, and I signed legislation that provided free hunting and fishing licenses to Florida's men and women serving in the armed forces. To continue to encourage families to seek out and enjoy outdoor activities, as president I will:
Establish a national goal of "no net loss" of sportsmen's access, as I did in Florida.
Support a set-aside in the Land and Water Conservation Fund for funding easements, acquisitions or other projects that provide access for hunting, angling and other recreational activities on landlocked federal lands.
A Way Forward
The Second Amendment is not at odds with protecting our country from criminals, terrorists and others who wish us harm. The Second Amendment is the original homeland security act. My administration will tirelessly fight to defend this basic Constitutional right.