Bill Owens on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Second Amendment

I am a firm supporter of Second Amendment rights, and I have taken action in Congress to protect northern and central New Yorkers from any infringement on their right to bear arms. I support legislation to establish a national standard for the carrying of concealed firearms, to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and to ensure that gun owner rights are protected in bankruptcy proceedings.

Firearm ownership for self-defense and hunting is a part of the heritage of Upstate New York and the federal government should not pass heavy handed new laws that impact law abiding Americans while failing to address the problem of criminals’ access to guns. I recently joined 250 of my colleagues is signing a brief to the Supreme Court in favor of striking down an unconstitutional ban on handguns, and I will continue to support lawful gun owners while seeking effective ways to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.


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. Bill Owens voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.

Bill Owens voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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