Thank you for contacting me about gun legislation that the Senate may soon consider. Your views are important to me.
I have always been and continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The bill that I am considering offering would be a legislative alternative for senators who support the Second Amendment to also seek solutions to unnecessary gun violence. It is in no way a “gun control” bill or a “deal” with gun control supporters. It contains no new restrictions on private sales of firearms. It does not contain language that would criminalize conduct where an individual does not know he or she is breaking the law.
This legislation would close loopholes in existing law without burdening law-abiding citizens in any way. It would include provisions addressing mental health, gun trafficking, school violence, and ensuring that veterans’ Second Amendment rights are protected. It strengthens veterans’ Second Amendment rights by protecting them from erroneous determinations restricting their right to own a firearm.
Others who have not even seen my bill have decided to describe it in ways that are inaccurate. They have also made inaccurate statements about Senate procedure. I support the efforts of Senators Paul, Cruz, Lee, Rubio, and Inhofe to oppose legislation on the Senate floor that would prohibit private sales of firearms, ban semi-automatic firearms the opposition labels as “assault weapons,” and laws that would criminalize unknowing conduct. However, it is just not the case that filibustering the motion to proceed to any bill means that the bill cannot be considered. That is just not how the Senate operates.
You can be sure that when the Senate considers any gun legislation, I will staunchly defend the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, as I have built a record doing for as long as I have served in Congress. Since you can be sure that I fully share your position on the Second Amendment, you may want to disregard anyone who tells you otherwise.