I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a Life Member of the NRA. I believe that the right to bear arms is a right that should be enjoyed by all law-abiding citizens of our great country. In the 112th Congress, I was the primary Democratic cosponsor of H.R. 1181, the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2011. This important bipartisan piece of legislation amends federal bankruptcy law to add $3,000 worth of personal firearms to the list of permissible exemptions during bankruptcy proceedings.
Similarly, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011; H.R. 1093, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform Act of 2011; H.R. 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act; H.R. 645, To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia; H.R. 420, the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011; and H.R. 615, the Collectible Firearms Protection Act. All of these bills help to expand and protect the rights of gun-owners.