Judiciary/Gun Control/Law Enforcement

I have been and will continue to be a defender of the right of the American people to keep and bear arms, a fundamental right guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  When considering firearms legislation, I have a twofold mission. The first is to stop any new legislation that would limit the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. The second is to ensure that  current laws that harm Second Amendment rights are addressed appropriately. I have continually supported legislation that would stop the curtailing of the Second Amendment both in National Parks and in Washington, D.C. Imaginary lines should never take away our Constitutional rights.  

I believe we need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, but that determination must be made through due process, respecting the Constitutional rights of the American citizen.  Congress and the FBI should take steps to improve the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). A NICS background check is already a requirement for any federally licensed firearm dealer to sell a firearm to a citizen.  

I believe that our founding fathers established a strong nation by creating three equal branches of government.  Members of the Judicial Branch should be impartial and should judge cases based on facts. I do not believe the president should appoint, nor the Senate confirm, activist judges. 

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