I believe the Constitution of the United States is clear on the matter of a citizen's right to bear arms. It explicitly states the "right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." People choose to own firearms for a variety of reasons and I do not believe the U.S. Congress should be further restricting the ability of a law abiding citizen to own a firearm.
I had the privledge of reading the Second Amendment while reading the Consitution on the floor of the House of Representatives during my first week in Congress.
Be assured that I am against new gun control legislation because we need to protect our Second Amendment rights from both intended and unintended consequences.
Cosponsor of H.R 822 Latest Title: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011
Permits an individual who has a valid carriers permit in one state to carry the firearm in another state assuming they are not already prohibited from carrying a weapon. Passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 271-153 on November 15, 2011.
Cosponsor of H.R. 1865, The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act
Army Corps of Engineers manages over 11.7 million acres (400 lakes, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails)
Currently you can't carry a firearm on these lands. This bill reverses that policy and permits law abiding citizens to carry firearms.
Original Cosponsor of the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
Allows states to use their Pittman-Robertson federal wildlife funding to build and maintain safe shooting ranges.
Increases amount of money states can use from their Pittman Robertson fund from 75 to 90% of fund to use for public target range.
Allows for this fund to accrue over the course of five fiscal years to purchase or acquire land. Currently they must spend it within the fiscal year.