Heath Shuler on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

2nd Amendment
Heath is a lifelong hunter and sportsman who supports every Americans' right to keep and bear arms. In Congress, he has always defended our rights and opposed attempts to place burdensome regulations on law-abiding Americans.

He has received an “A” grade from the National Rifle Association for his commitment to protecting the Second Amendment.

In 2009, Heath joined 65 other pro-gun Democrats in opposing the renewal of the ban on assault weapons by the Obama administration.

 

Official Website Statements

The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment clearly gives every law-abiding American the right to keep and bear arms. As a lifelong hunter and sportsman, I have a sincere appreciation for the lessons gained from responsible gun ownership and use. I deeply respect the freedoms guaranteed to us by Second Amendment, and will always oppose burdensome regulations that attempt to limit the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

 

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. Heath Shuler voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.

Heath Shuler 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.

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.

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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