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Message from Senator Rand Paul - 13 March 2015
Rand Paul

March 13, 2015

Dear Mr. Bundy, 

Thank you for contacting me about the right to keep and bear arms. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this fundamental freedom.

I 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.

I 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.

With 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, administrative delays and mismanagement at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).

Most 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.

At 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.


Rand Paul, MD
United States Senator

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