2nd Amendment


Our Constitution is a treaty entered into between independent states.

The Second Amendment was enacted because each of the states wanted to be sure a new federal government wouldn’t be able to disarm any one of them. That is why the Second Amendment begins with the “well regulated militia” language. 

“Shall not be infringed” is clear and unambiguous. Our Ohio Constitution provides, “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.” 

Under our Ohio Constitution, protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it is the people who have the right to bear arms. I will oppose any legislation which deprives Ohioans of that right. 

That being said, I believe fully automatic weapons are, in the words of the Ohio Constitution, “dangerous to liberty” as their applications are military, not defensive. The recent shootings in Las Vegas have brought to the forefront the issue of whether “bump stocks,” which can replicate the performance of a fully automatic weapon, should be banned. I believe they already are. 

The alleged “loophole” involves whether rounds fired using a bump stock constitute separate trigger pulls or one – I believe it constitutes one trigger pull and therefore converts a semiautomatic weapon into a fully automatic one. If the Courts disagree with my interpretation and keep this supposed loophole open, I would support legislation to clarify my belief. 

Furthermore, the church shooting in Texas has taught us that no amount of laws can protect us from sloppy bureaucrats and lax enforcement. We do not need more laws; we need effective enforcement of existing laws.

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