Supporting our constitutionally recognized right to keep and bear arms is an honor I do not take lightly. I know that the Second Amendment is not negotiable to the people of Oklahoma’s First District.
Many of the tragic mass killings that have occurred in the United States have made many believe that we are a nation in need of more gun control. I vehemently oppose this idea. Criminals will always find ways around firearms laws or will simply find other means to commit horrific acts of violence. Regulation almost always serves to intrude upon the rights of law abiding citizens while providing no deterrent to people bent on breaking laws. Creating more laws to further infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights is not the answer, and I will continue to oppose any legislation that would attempt to do so.
Here is where I stand on several specific issues related to the Second Amendment:
- I oppose universal background checks that will do nothing to stop criminals but will turn the Second Amendment from a “right” protected by government into a “privilege” granted by government.
- I oppose bans on so-called “assault weapons” which operate like many other firearms, but may look “militaristic”. Banning guns based on their appearance is unreasonable.
- I oppose bans on high capacity magazines. These bans are based on arbitrary numbers and past implementations have proven ineffective in crime reduction. Criminals will bring as many magazines as they need and, by definition, have no respect for any kind of ban or restriction.
- I have co-sponsored a number of relevant bills in defense of our 2nd Amendment with my conservative colleagues during my time in office.