The Firearms Bill

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-04-19 12:39:40
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, � In my hometown of Moultrie, Ga., guns are a part of everyday life. As an avid sportsman, I keep rifles in my home. So do many of my neighbors. Georgians all over the state exercise their right to bear arms not only for recreation, but also for protection. I have been � and will always be � a staunch supporter the of Second Amendment. Throughout my career in Congress, I have always defended the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns. � In light of recent tragedies across America, I believe it is more important than ever to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are a danger to ourselves and our children. We must do this by enhancing awareness, prevention, and early detection of mental health conditions. We must fix problems with the National Instant Background Check (NIBC), while improving the availability of records to the NICS database. We must increase federal prosecution of violent offenders who commit gun crimes and increase security at our nation�s schools. � However, any efforts to keep our children safe must not infringe on law-abiding Americans� Second Amendment rights. We must respect the privacy of gun owners, and not allow the creation of a national gun registry. When my grandson is older, I should be able to pass along my hunting rifle to him without worrying about the federal government�s interference. � I voted to bring S. 649, the firearms bill, to the Senate floor for debate this week. I did so in conjunction with my strong support for the Second Amendment because this is an important national issue that deserves discussion. We must remember why the right to bear arms is explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, and why we must defend this right. We need to talk about ways to keep each other safe while not compromising a fundamental right. � As you can see from my votes this week [link 1], I did not support Sens. Toomey and Manchin�s universal background-checks amendment to the firearms bill. While I don�t think their proposal is the right way to solve this problem, I did vote for several amendments that I believe would do so. � This debate is far from over. Majority Leader Harry Reid has pulled the bill from the floor for now, and will likely bring it back up for consideration at a later date. Know that when he does, I will listen to all my constituents in Georgia and represent their interests. � For all of us who are worried about recent episodes of senseless gun violence, I think we can actually find a solution, not by encroaching on the�freedom of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional rights, but by focusing on other areas where we can actually make a�difference. � Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] If you are planning a visit to D.C., I hope you will stop by my office and say hello, or pick up a pack of Georgia peanuts. You can also click here [link 2]for more information on activities to do while you are in town. Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Senator Chambliss in the News: Senator Chambliss' Statement on the Boston Marathon Explosions [link 3] Navy Honors Brunswick with Ship Naming [link 4] Senator Chambliss' Statement on the Firearms Bill [link 5] 65th Anniversary of the Air Force Reserves [link 6] TOMORROW Academy Day at Dobins Air Reserve Base [link 7]
April 19, 2013

Dear Friends,
 
In my hometown of Moultrie, Ga., guns are a part of everyday life. As an avid sportsman, I keep rifles in my home. So do many of my neighbors. Georgians all over the state exercise their right to bear arms not only for recreation, but also for protection. I have been � and will always be � a staunch supporter the of Second Amendment. Throughout my career in Congress, I have always defended the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns.
 
In light of recent tragedies across America, I believe it is more important than ever to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are a danger to ourselves and our children. We must do this by enhancing awareness, prevention, and early detection of mental health conditions. We must fix problems with the National Instant Background Check (NIBC), while improving the availability of records to the NICS database. We must increase federal prosecution of violent offenders who commit gun crimes and increase security at our nation�s schools.
 
However, any efforts to keep our children safe must not infringe on law-abiding Americans� Second Amendment rights. We must respect the privacy of gun owners, and not allow the creation of a national gun registry. When my grandson is older, I should be able to pass along my hunting rifle to him without worrying about the federal government�s interference.
 
I voted to bring S. 649, the firearms bill, to the Senate floor for debate this week. I did so in conjunction with my strong support for the Second Amendment because this is an important national issue that deserves discussion. We must remember why the right to bear arms is explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, and why we must defend this right. We need to talk about ways to keep each other safe while not compromising a fundamental right.
 
As you can see from my votes this week, I did not support Sens. Toomey and Manchin�s universal background-checks amendment to the firearms bill. While I don�t think their proposal is the right way to solve this problem, I did vote for several amendments that I believe would do so.
 
This debate is far from over. Majority Leader Harry Reid has pulled the bill from the floor for now, and will likely bring it back up for consideration at a later date. Know that when he does, I will listen to all my constituents in Georgia and represent their interests.
 
For all of us who are worried about recent episodes of senseless gun violence, I think we can actually find a solution, not by encroaching on the freedom of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional rights, but by focusing on other areas where we can actually make a difference.
 

Very Truly Yours,

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