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Second Amendment Enforcement Act

Senator Casey:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the Second Amendment Enforcement Act. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about the issues that matter most to them.

In the House, two bills have been introduced with the title “Second Amendment Enforcement Act,” H.R. 6842 and H.R. 6691. When H.R. 6842 was debated in the House, a substitute amendment offered by Representative Travis Childers replaced the text of H.R. 6842 with the text from H.R. 6691. H.R. 6842 passed the House on September 17, 2008 and now awaits action in the Senate.

The Second Amendment Enforcement Act, as passed by the House, states that the District of Columbia may not prohibit or unduly burden the ability of individuals to possess firearms for self protection or other lawful purposes. This legislation would repeal the District’s ban on semiautomatic weapons, the registration requirement for possession of firearms, the ban on handgun ammunition and the requirement that firearms must be kept unloaded, disassembled or with the trigger locked. The bill also would allow District residents to purchase firearms in Maryland or Virginia.

As you may know, I support the Second Amendment and will continue to uphold the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms. I also believe we must fully enforce existing gun laws and help local governments put more law enforcement officers on the street. I will fight to give law enforcement more resources to find criminals with guns, to find gun dealers who violate existing laws and to increase gun law prosecutions.

While the Supreme Court was considering District of Columbia v. Heller, the court case that led to the introduction of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, I signed onto an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief circulated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. This brief reaffirmed my position that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.

I appreciate your insight and perspective on this important issue facing our Nation. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should this legislation come before the full Senate.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, http://casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

November 19, 2008 at 10:06 pm
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