Second Amendment

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My stance on the Second Amendment is clear: the right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes should not be compromised.  I do not support legislation or regulations that would infringe on a law-abiding citizen's constitutional right to own a firearm. I strongly support Americans’ rights to hunt, shoot for sport, collect, and defend themselves or their property with firearms.

I am a proud cosponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation that would allow any law abiding citizen with a conceal carry permit issued by their home state to use that permit in any other state that allows citizens the right to carry a concealed firearm.  I also support the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reclassifying ammunition as a toxic substance, increasing the funding levels for public shooting ranges, and expanding access to federal lands for the recreational purposes of hunting and fishing.

I also support proper background checks and responsible limits that have been reviewed and upheld by the courts, such as the long-standing prohibition of gun ownership by violent criminals and the psychologically impaired. I also made a formal request of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau to review the use of bump-stock devices and whether they violate the spirit of the law. I believe it’s important to ask these questions and respect the process that it takes to get these answers.

As your Congressman, I swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the Second Amendment.  In representing the people of the 16th Congressional District, I have not and would not vote to curb a law-abiding citizen’s constitutional rights. 


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