Frank Kratovil on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Oct 01, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Issues: Second Amendment Rights

Frank Kratovil is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and received an "A" rating from the NRA in 2008. Since taking office, Frank has consistently fought for the rights of gun owners. As a prosecutor with a strong belief in due process and individual rights, Frank is opposed to efforts to arbitrarily restrict the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

In March 2009, Frank joined with 64 of his Democratic House colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Holder objecting to his comments in favor of re-instituting the assault weapons ban, which was largely ineffective at reducing violent crime. Frank also joined House and Senate Members from both parties in signing an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs' pro-Second Amendment position in the landmark McDonald vs. Chicago case before the Supreme Court.

Frank is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 2296, a bill to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. This common-sense reform bill, a top priority of gun rights supporters, would address abuses and problems with the BATF while making it easier for gun owners and dealers to comply with federal regulations.

Frank also recognizes that hunting and shooting are more than just Constitutional rights; they are a part of our culture and our heritage here on the Eastern Shore. Standing up for hunters means more than just defending the Second Amendment; it also means fighting to protect the environment and preserve open space for future generations of hunters to enjoy.



Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5552; Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to require: (1) excise taxes on recreational equipment to be due and payable on the date for filing the return for such taxes (i.e., quarterly); and (2) the Secretary of the Treasury to assess and collect, in the same manner as delinquent taxes are assessed and collected, mandatory orders of restitution for victims of crime. Increases by 0.25% in the third quarter of 2015 the estimated tax payments of corporations with assets of not less than $1 billion. Provides for compliance of the budgetary effects of this Act with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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