I took an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution, and this includes the Second Amendment. That is why I sponsored the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which was signed into law by President George W. Bush, prohibiting frivolous lawsuits from being uses to put the American firearms industry out of business.
The National Rifle Association has always recognized my efforts with an A+ rating for consistently voting for legislation that protects our right to “keep and bear arms.” I believe that law-abiding Americans should be allowed to possess firearms to protect their property, themselves and their loved ones.
There are already over 20,000 gun control laws on the books. Instead of enacting even more gun control legislation, I believe that we should vigorously prosecute and punish those criminals who unlawfully posses and use firearms.
H.R. 822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
On November 16, 2011, H.R. 822, which I sponsored, was approved by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. The measure provides that lawfully issued carry permits will be recognized in all other states that also issue carry permits. In addition, it requires permit holders to abide by the laws of the state they are in, preserving the rights of states to set their own concealed carry standards.
H.R. 822 does not set up a federal carry permit system or establish any federal regulation of concealed carry permits. That power remains with the states. Additionally, this legislation does not include any new federal gun laws, nor does it call for additional federal regulation of gun ownership. In addition, various studies show that allowing the carrying of concealed weapons reduces violent crime rates by deterring criminal acts and by allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.