I oppose any and all efforts to mandate gun control on law-abiding citizens. I staunchly support gun ownership and, as a gun owner myself, I believe we have a constitutional right to do so.
The Second Amendment recognizes the right of individual, law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms.
I have consistently fought to ensure the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not infringed upon. When federal bureaucrats and unelected judges restricted the Second Amendment in national parks. I authored a provision of law [Section 512 of Public Law 111-24] to reaffirm the right of law abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families when visiting national parks. When Congress sought to pass a bill that threatened to unfairly deny some veterans the right to bear arms, I successfully fought to make changes to the bill to ensure that the rights these vets fought and sacrificed for would not be denied to them. I also was a cosponsor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which was signed into law in 2005 and will shield gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits intended to limit gun ownership.
Congress does not have the authority to decide what firearms Americans should be able to possess for lawful purposes. I support allowing national concealed carry reciprocity, shielding gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits, repealing the unconstitutional gun restrictions in our nation's Capital and other measures designed to preserve the right of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves and their families.
Click here to read about Dr. Coburn's Gun Amendments 1067 and 1068, ensuring that visitors to National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) public lands can possess firearms in accordance with federal, state, and local law. Click here for additional information on these amendments.
Click here to read about Dr. Coburn's Negotiated Changes for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 2640, P.L. 110-180).
Click here for a statement in the record on Dr. Coburn’s opposition and amendments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 2640, P.L. 110-180).
Click here to read about Dr. Coburn's objections to the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 2640).
Click here to read the May 8th, 2009 newsletter addressing the protection of Second Amendment rights under the new Administration.
Click here for a list of amendments offered by Dr. Coburn to protect liberty and individual freedom.
Click here to read the 2008 oversight report, "Justice Denied: Waste and Mismanagement at the Department of Justice".