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The Second Amendment

Gun violence is a major problem in our district. Enforcement of our current gun laws is the first step in improving the safety of the residents of our district.

I will protect the legal ownership of guns.

Gun violence continues to be a major problem in our country and few Americans have been unaffected. There have been two mass shootings within two miles of my home. My oldest son sheltered in place during the June 2017 shooting in Virginia that injured Congressman Steve Scalise and three other people. Enforcement of our current gun laws is the first step in improving the safety of the residents of our district but, as we saw in the Feb. 24, 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida, the current laws are inadequate. Despite a long history of mental health problems and multiple interactions with local law enforcement, the Parkland shooter was able to legally purchase an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon with multiple magazines.

I understand the right to own a gun. I also understand the right to go to school, to go to the movies, to go to a concert venue, to play a game of baseball, to attend a church service, to go to the mall, to get a haircut, to go to a nightclub, to attend college, to go to work, to finish first grade.

We need to address gun violence now.

Mental health issues are a contributor to most of these mass shootings. Most mentally ill people will never pick up a gun, but there are established warning signs that indicate higher risk of violence. We need laws to keep guns out of the hands of those people.

We need to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people with violent tendencies.

By researching automobile accidents, American engineers have made huge progress in making our cars safer and in reducing automobile related deaths and injuries. We have all benefited. The same approach could help reduce gun violence, but since 1996 the Centers for Disease Control has been unable to fund research that could help make guns safer. As a result we have very little objective evidence on how to best prevent the public health crisis of gun related deaths. Guns could be made theft resistant and child resistant without interfering with the rights of gun owners. In congress I will work to loosen the restrictions on gun research in order to decrease gun related deaths.

Guns can be made theft resistant and child resistant without interfering with the rights of gun owners.

I support universal background checks with reasonable exceptions. I support a 21 year age requirement for the purchase of semi-automatic weapons. I support a restriction in the size of magazines.
I support the use of temporary injunctions to remove guns from mentally ill people deemed potentially dangerous. I support a ban on bump stocks. I support adequate funding for research into the prevention of gun injuries and gun violence.

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