Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important issue.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is crucial to our freedoms. It protects law-abiding citizens from the government's infringement on our individual right to keep and bear arms. The Founding Fathers felt this right was important enough to make it part of the Bill of Rights, and held that the right to keep and bear arms was the personal and fundamental right of all citizens.
Legislation to ban firearms, ammunition, and firearms equipment is often proposed, but does little to limit violence. As we have seen in New York City and Washington, D.C., strict gun control policies do not lead to less violence or safer communities. Tragically, both cities have spent decades leading the nation in murders. I will continue to support legislation that protects the rights of law abiding Pennsylvanians to keep and bear arms. Few criminals actually purchase weapons legally; restricting lawful gun use is not the answer.
You may also be pleased to know I co-sponsored the following legislation in the 112th Congress: the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822); the BATFE Reform and Firearms Modernization Act (H.R. 1093); the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act (H.R. 58); the Second Amendment Enforcement Act (H.R. 645); the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act (H.R. 420); and the Collectable Firearms Protection Act (H.R. 615).
As the United States Congress considers legislative action related to gun control, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind and support the right of our citizens to lawfully keep and bear arms.
Again, thank you for expressing your thoughts regarding gun control. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if I can be of assistance in the future. It is an honor and privilege to serve Western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress.
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