Issue Statements :

Second Amendment

I support the Second Amendment right of people to keep and bear arms.  Since being elected to Congress, I have been a strong and consistent defender of the Second Amendment.  I have opposed efforts to impose gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens, and I do not feel more gun control laws are the answer to the problems confronting our nation.  I believe tougher enforcement of existing laws is a more effective means of addressing crime.

The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the decision to overturn Washington D.C.’s gun ban.  One of my first acts as your Senator was to join 55 other Senators and 250 Members of the House of Representatives in sending an amicus curiae brief to the Court supporting an individual’s right to bear arms.  I also am working in my position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to ensure that recent attacks on veteran gun owners are curbed and their rights are not infringed. 

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