Posted: 12/26/2002 11:04:28 PM EDT
Dear Mr. Mayo:
Thank you for contacting me regarding National Ammo Day and 2nd Amendment rights. I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.
The deep concern you expressed regarding the right to bear arms is understandable and supported by our Constitution. There are those who would deny the right to own a firearm in a misguided attempt to prevent crime. The truth is the gun control movement only affects citizens who obtain their arms legally. Most criminals obtain their guns on the streets. According to the Department of Justice, only seven percent of the guns obtained for criminal activity are purchased from federally-licensed dealers.
You may be interested to know that I co-sponsored H.R. 31, the Citizen's Self-Defense Act of 2001, in the 107th Congress. This legislation declares that a person not prohibited under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act from recieving a firearm shall have the right to obtain firearms for security and to use firearms in defense of self or family against a reasonably percieved threat of serious bodily injury, in addition to the defense of one's home against a felony crime. For too long the perpetrators of criminal acts have been given the benefit of the doubt, while the victims suffered. This legislation gives back the right to protect oneself, their family and home to law-abiding citizens.
You may also be interested to know that I co-sponsored H.R. 950, the Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act of 2001. This act establishes a national standard pf reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms. In other words, H.R. 950 would authorize a person who has a valid license or permit to carry a concealed firearm in one State, to carry a concealed firearm in any State. This mandate of reciprocity would still require adherence to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried and the provisions of the original carrying permit.
Honest law-abiding citizens of one state should not be considered criminals in another jurisdiction for carrying a concealed weapon. A person who has earned a permit to carry a concealed weapon should not be subject to changes in the Federal code just for crossing State lines.
Unfortunatly, the 107th Congress adjourned before the House of Represenatives completed work on H.R. 31 and H.R. 950. Please be assured that your Constitutional rights and freedoms are important to me. I will keep your thoughts and views in mind and will continue to fight to maintain Nevadans' 2nd Amendment rights in the 108th Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue. Please feel free to do so in the future if I can be of any service.
Member of Congress
Jim Gibbons is one of the good guys!
Good for you! I'm just glad that senator carnabitch is gone. Now maybe we can do something about our governor.