Guns

The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  I firmly believe this provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right.

I will not support any legislation that requires a waiting period for the purchase of a firearm, bans the ownership of firearms, or promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms or ammunition. I oppose any effort to reauthorize the so-called “assault weapons ban” and am pleased Congress chose not to reauthorize the ban when it expired. Should Congressional Democrats move to reauthorize the ban in the future, I will support the rights of law abiding gun owners and vote against such an effort.

I am also a strong opponent of the District of Columbia’s gun ban and believe it is unconstitutional. I was pleased the Supreme Court ruled the ban unconstitutional but not entirely surprised that the District of Columbia has already moved to enact new, onerous gun regulations to replace the ban. For that reason, I have cosponsored legislation entitled the National Capital Security and Safety Act which would require the District of Columbia to abide by the Supreme Courts historic decision.