you for contacting me about the right to keep and bear arms. I
appreciate hearing your thoughts on this fundamental freedom.
do not support any gun control proposals at the federal level that
would further limit the right to gun ownership by responsible,
law-abiding citizens. Instead of reducing crime, laws and regulations
that infringe upon the Second Amendment often have the opposite effect
of unduly burdening those who respect the law; they do not deter
individuals with criminal intentions.
have also supported legislation that would allow individuals who
possess an approved concealed firearm permit to carry their firearm
across state lines, provided they are in compliance with all other
state and federal firearms laws. I have also offered legislation that
would have eliminated the prohibition on carrying firearms in retail
areas of post offices, in accordance with state and local carry laws;
additionally, I have supported easing some of the more burdensome
restrictions on firearm possession in our National Parks, on U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers projects and in the District of Columbia.
regard to the Executive Branch, I will continue to oppose any and all
efforts by the Senate to ratify the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty,
which was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in Sept. 2013, as I
reject subjugating our national sovereignty and the Bill of Rights to
the whims of an unelected global bureaucracy. I also disagree with the
Obama administration’s decision to ban the re-importation of historic
M1 Garand and carbine rifles from South Korea and I am increasingly
troubled by reports of botched sting operations,
delays and mismanagement at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (BATFE).
recently, in response to concerns about a law enforcement effort termed
“Operation Choke Point,” I offered an amendment to an appropriations
bill that would have prohibited the Department of Justice from
classifying firearm manufacturers and retailers as an activity
involving risk, a designation which has caused some of these businesses
to have difficulty securing loans and access to credit. I was also
among the group of Senators who succeeded in pressuring the BATFE to
abandon its proposed ban on two specific types of ammunition for the
popular AR-15 sporting rifle.
my swearing-in as a United States Senator, I took an oath to protect
and defend the Constitution – the entire Constitution.
I take that responsibility very seriously, and I am proud to be a
strong supporter of the Second Amendment in accordance with that oath.
Again, thank you for contacting my office.