Ted Deutch on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jun 27, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Promoting Responsible Gun Laws

Too often in this country guns find their way into the hands of criminals or the mentally disturbed. There is no legitimate reason for civilians to have access to military-style automatic weapons that serve the purpose of furthering criminal activity. However, the ban on these assault weapons was allowed to expire five years ago, letting dangerous weapons fall into the hands of violent criminals, including gang members, drug dealers and terrorists. I agree with virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency that the ban on assault weapons needs to be renewed as soon as possible.

It is shocking that an individual who is on the terrorist watch list can still purchase firearms and explosives in this country. This is unacceptable, and I continue to support efforts to end this threat to our safety. In addition, we must also close the gun show loophole that allows criminals to buy weapons without any background check. I strongly support other common sense laws, including banning the importation of large capacity ammunition clips, requiring semiautomatic pistols to have micro-stamped identifiers, and requiring child safety locks to be sold with every gun.

Voting Record

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

In November of 2011, the House passed the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The legislation was designed to amend the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to carry a concealed handgun in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state. It passed the House with the support of almost all Republicans and about 1/4 of the Democrats. Ted Deutch voted against the reciprocity legislation.

Ted Deutch voted against the reciprocity legislation.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 308; Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit: (1) the transfer or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, except for its lawful possession within the United States on or before the date of this Act's enactment; and (2) the importation or bringing into the United States of such a device. Sets forth exceptions to such ban. Sets penalties for violations.Requires a large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after this Act's enactment to be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after enactment and such other identification as the Attorney General may prescribe.

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