Second Amendment & Gun Violence Prevention

Growing up in a house with guns and a subscription to the NRA magazine, I understand that guns are an important part of life to many in the district for hunting, recreation and collections.  I believe strongly in our right to protect ourselves and our families. As your Congressional representative, I will work to protect the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners. Still, there must be a balance between our right to bear arms and public safety.  We must implement safeguards, not to inhibit the rights of responsible gun owners, but for public health and safety.  

I support comprehensive background checks on all gun sales, eliminating the loopholes that allow anyone to buy a gun, no questions asked.  

Time and again, after most mass shootings, friends and family recount warning signs. But often there is little law enforcement can do.  That’s why I support red flag laws, sometimes called Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which allow friends, family, and law-enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a danger to themselves or others.  This allows those who see the signs to do something about it, while maintaining a strong emphasis on due process to ensure individuals’ rights are not violated.

I support the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), the immunity that Congress gave in 2005 to gun manufacturers and sellers to avoid civil suits.  The result of heavy pressure from the gun lobby, PLCAA is an example of the corrosive effects that special interests have on Congress. Moreover, it conflicts with our 7th Amendment right to go to court and have our case heard by a jury of their peers and deprives us of our 5th and 14th Amendment rights to due process.  Civil procedure in product liability law provides adequate checks to frivolous suits.