Joe Donnelly on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Sep 16, 2010


Congressman Donnelly has stated that he supports second amendment rights.


Campaign Website Statements

Gun Rights

I strongly believe in and support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees us the right to keep and bear arms. In 2008, the National Rifle Association endorsed me as their candidate in the Indiana Second Congressional District election because of my proven voting record on Second Amendment issues.

In Congress, I have supported many pieces of legislation that support Americans’ right to bear arms. For example, I support a bill that would enact common-sense changes to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in order to improve the system of administrative penalties that sometimes inflict unfair punishments on well-meaning licensed dealers, manufacturers, and importers who make simple paperwork errors. Also, I support legislation that would require states to recognize each other’s concealed weapons licenses and permits because I think that Americans should have the right to defend themselves regardless of where they live.


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. Joe Donnelly voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.

Joe Donnelly voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 615; Collectible Firearms Protection Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Arms Export Control Act to provide that certain firearms listed as curios or relics may be imported into the United States by a licensed importer without obtaining authorization from the Department of State or the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5162; Second Amendment Enforcement Act - Cosponsor

Amends specified law prohibiting the killing of wild birds and wild animals in the District of Columbia to declare that nothing in it or any other provision of law shall authorize or be construed to permit the Council, the Mayor, or any governmental or regulatory authority of the District to prohibit, constructively prohibit, or unduly burden the ability of persons otherwise not prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law from acquiring, possessing in their homes or businesses, transporting for legitimate purposes, or using for sporting, self-protection or other lawful purposes, any firearm neither prohibited by federal law nor subject to the National Firearms Act. Denies the District any authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms. Declares that nothing in such prohibitions shall be construed to prohibit the District from regulating the carrying of firearms by a person, either concealed or openly, other than at the person's dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1399; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4900; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, modernize firearms laws and regulations, protect the community from criminals, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6691; Second Amendment Enforcement Act - Cosponsor

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

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