As a 29-year Air Force combat veteran and seven-year POW in Vietnam who fought to protect our democracy and uphold our Constitution, I am a proud supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. Eligible, law-abiding citizens should have the right to purchase and own firearms!
Citizens may choose to own a firearm for a variety of purposes including hunting, collecting, sport, or personal protection – all of which are valid, honest reasons.
I believe that the efforts of individuals who are trying to combat crime through gun control are simply wrongheaded. Such efforts do not take firearms from criminals, but rather from law abiding citizens. After all, criminals, by definition, do not respect the law. They will seek out illegal avenues to obtain guns and other weapons of choice. With over 20,000 federal, state, and local gun laws in existence, it is clear that more gun control laws are not the answer to eliminating gun violence.
Instead of punishing law-abiding Americans with new onerous restrictions, I firmly believe the best way to reduce gun crime is to enforce existing laws and fully prosecute those who use firearms in an illegal manner.
In Washington, I am proud to have consistently received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America for my voting record in support of the 2nd Amendment. Please rest assured that I will continue to fight to ensure the federal government does not pass any law that infringes upon your Constitutional freedom to own and bear firearms.
Recent Actions to protect YOUR 2nd Amendment rights include: