Michele Bachmann on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jul 07, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann states that she is a strong supporter of second amendment rights. When the supreme court shot down the ban on firearms in D.C., Congresswoman Bachmann stated that she was pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold the Constitution and restore Second Amendment rights long denied to D.C residents. She stated that the Second Amendment has been attacked by Washington politicians for far too long, and that she was glad to see the freedom of DC residents to own a firearm was protected. This sentiment was echoed a similar law was overturned in Chicago.

In her campaign literature, Congresswoman Bachmann notes that the Second Amendment states that the people have a right to keep and bear arms, and that she believes that citizens who are in compliance with the law should not have that guaranteed right taken away.

 

Support for Heller Decision

In June of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her support for the supreme court decision in DC vs Heller.

That same month, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed noting the supreme court ruling. She also remarks about the Financial Services Committee adopting language to allow public housing tenants second amendment rights.

 

Support for McDonald Decision

In June of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed stating her support for a Supreme Court Decision that found gun laws in Chicago violated the second amendment.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Michele Bachmann cast a "No Vote"

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 126; Fairness in Firearm Testing Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to make a video recording of the entire process of its examination and testing of an item for the purpose of determining whether the item is a firearm (and if so, the type of firearm) or ammunition. Bars ATF from editing or erasing any such recording. Directs ATF to make available a digital video disc that contains a copy of the recording: (1) at the request of a person who claims an ownership interest in such item; and (2) to a defendant in a criminal proceeding involving such item. Provides that an item which ATF has determined is a firearm or ammunition shall not be admissible as evidence unless: (1) ATF has complied with the requirements of this Act to make its digital video disc available; or (2) such compliance has been waived in writing by the person against whom the item is offered as evidence.

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-112; Bill Number-H R 126; Fairness in Firearm Testing Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to make a video recording of the entire process of its examination and testing of an item for the purpose of determining whether the item is a firearm (and if so, the type of firearm) or ammunition. Bars ATF from editing or erasing any such recording. Directs ATF to make available a digital video disc that contains a copy of the recording: (1) at the request of a person who claims an ownership interest in such item; and (2) to a defendant in a criminal proceeding involving such item. Provides that an item which ATF has determined is a firearm or ammunition shall not be admissible as evidence unless: (1) ATF has complied with the requirements of this Act to make its digital video disc available; or (2) such compliance has been waived in writing by the person against whom the item is offered as evidence.

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