Here's Glenn Nye's (2nd District Congressman VA) canned response to my email asking not to support H.R.2324.
Thank you for contacting me with your position on H.R. 2324, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act. It is helpful to learn the views of my friends and neighbors in Tidewater, and I appreciate having your input.
If passed, the bill would require background checks for all firearms sold at gun shows. It would also impose recordkeeping requirements on gun show operators and criminal penalties for failure to register as a gun show operator and maintain required records. Gun control is a complex issue in our country, and legislative proposals to restrict the availability of firearms purchased by the public have raised a number of questions. When debating this issue, we must be cognizant of two very important questions.
Proponents of gun control legislation believe federal gun control laws can be effective because states with few restrictions will continue to hemorrhage illegal arms into states with more restrictive laws. They assert that the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which states "[a] well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed," has been misinterpreted by some and that the Second Amendment does not guarantee that this right is absolute, free from reasonable regulations.
Efforts surrounding firearm restrictions have centered on policy changes regarding specific types of firearms or components that are used primarily for criminal purposes or pose unusual risks to the public. Fully automatic weapons, short-barreled rifles, and shotguns have been subject to strict regulation since 1934 and have been banned from private possession since 1986. More recently, Saturday night specials (loosely defined as inexpensive, small handguns), assault weapons, ammunition-feeding devices with capacities for more than seven rounds, and certain ammunition types have been the focus of control efforts.
However, opponents of gun control vary widely on their positions with respect to specific restrictions but generally hold that gun control laws do not accomplish what is intended. They argue that it is as difficult to keep weapons from being acquired by high-risk individuals and liken the gun control effort to prohibition. In their view, a more stringent federal firearm regulatory system would only create problems for law-abiding citizens by threatening their civil rights.
Please know that I take this issue very seriously, and will be monitoring the different legislation that is introduced in the House of Representatives as I serve in Congress. It is imperative that we protect the people of our nation while ensuring that our citizens retain their rights.
Thank you again for sharing your views. I am proud to serve Virginia's Second District, and I am committed to working hard for you. If you would like more information about the issues I am working on in Congress, or if you would like to sign up to receive my monthly e-newsletter, I encourage you to visit my website at www.nye.house.gov.
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