2nd Amendment

As a lifetime member of the NRA, with an A rating and their endorsement, I believe that our forefathers, when drafting the Constitution, meant exactly what they wrote in the 2nd Amendment.  “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.” There is no language in our constitution that puts limits on those rights. Since the constitution was adopted, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled against regulating the use, purchase, storage and banning of guns. In 2008, in the Heller case, the court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and protects the use of that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. I believe the founders and the courts got it right.

In 2014, in response to Pres. Obama’s proposed gun control regulations, I ran legislation that would have prohibited our law enforcement officers from adopting and/or enforcing any new federal gun bans. Of course, being in the minority it failed. I have supported every bill that supports gun rights that has come to either my committee or the floor of the House.