Gun Safety, Rights & The Second Amendment

I support all amendments to the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia et al. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Supreme Court of the United States said that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, including self-defense within the home. I support the Supreme Court’s decision, and as your Representative, I will oppose any attempt to ban or confiscate lawfully owned firearms from American citizens.

Nevertheless, I am shocked and appalled by gun violence. Additionally, like firearms owners and collectors across the nation – I personally have a longtime interest in historically significant firearms – l see no conflict between the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and taking common sense measures regarding the sale of firearms. In this regard, the Heller court also said: “[N]othing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

Accordingly, as your Representative, I will continue to support the Second Amendment, and I will consider any thoroughly researched, carefully written, preferably bipartisan legislation that will create and implement a practical, universal system of background checks for firearms purchases. I believe a system using the latest technology will help licensed gun dealers quickly be made aware of any irregularities before a sale is made. These businesses deserve to operate efficiently and with as little fear of inadvertently putting a weapon in the hands of a criminal or unstable person as possible.

I am fully aware there is no technology or legislation that will stop every instance in which someone inappropriately uses a gun. But universal background checks is a reasonable response to protect innocent lives.

Additionally, the issue of gun violence needs to be considered without politicizing particular positions. Only then can an honest discussion about practical solutions begin. When I’m elected, I will work to do that for the people of California’s 42nd Congressional District.

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