Violence Prevention & 2nd Amendment Rights
I am a gun owner and I support the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I also recognize the need to protect our communities and prevent violent criminals and those challenged with mental health issues from obtaining firearms. I will introduce legislation, similar to what we presently have in New Jersey, which protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. Legislation creating and requiring comprehensive and efficient universal background checks that include cross checking with military databases prior to allowing purchase. I will support legislation that requires a review after a conviction for a violent crime or psychiatric episode, keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted violent offenders, and out of the hands of those struggling with mental health concerns. I will also support legislation that creates enhanced penalties for violent crimes, requires that firearms be properly secured by owners, increases funding for mental health treatment and funding for studies to determine causes of violent crimes. I will support research to establish best practices to help prevent violent crimes. I will propose funding for mandatory education and training programs to help teach citizens how to properly handle and secure a firearm and sternly punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens.