The Second Amendment to our United States Constitution states, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 2008 and 2010, that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms. However, the court’s ruling stated there are some limits, and their language left open the possibility for restrictions on assault rifles and magazines that can hold large numbers of bullets.
My position on firearms is this: We have enough legislation, laws and regulation on guns and do not need more. Firearms are no more responsible for killing people than pencils are for misspelling words. If we honestly want to deal with the concerns of an individual who uses guns to kill innocent people, we must improve how we view mental health issues in this country.
Many Americans are afraid of the antigun climate at the state and federal level, afraid of our rights being taken away. Some state legislators, members of Congress and the President want to impose strict regulations on our Second Amendment rights. This is the wrong direction for our government to pursue, and I will fight against it. Some regulation on firearms is necessary, and what we currently have in Minnesota and the U.S. is adequate.
I strongly support our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I will consistently oppose any efforts to impose more laws and regulation that impede our freedoms in this manner.
Sen. Dave Brown