Paul Ryan on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Aug 16, 2012

Summary

Congressman Ryan's record shows that he supports the second amendment as a personal right. In 2011, Congressman Ryan voted in favor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow people who had concealed carry permits in their home states to carry concealed weapons in other states if that state has concealed carry laws.

In several votes in 2003 and again in 2005, Congressman Ryan supported the Protection in Lawful Commerce Act to prevent lawsuits against gun manufacturers when firearms they produced are used in crimes. He also co-sponsored the legislation. When discussing this law, Congressman Ryan stated that it was an age-old, common-sense standard of law todiscourage abuses of our legal system that can hurt upstanding businesses.

Congressman Ryan has also co-sponsored legislation to ensure second amendment rights to people in DC. When the supreme court ruled that the DC handgun ban was illegal, Congressman Ryan reacted by stating that it was a landmark affirmation of our constitutional rights over a law that had stripped citizens of their right to keep and bear arms.

 

Protection in Lawful Commerce

In July of 2005, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for the Protection in Lawful Commerce Act and other legislation.

 

Reaction to Heller Case

In  June of 2008, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the Heller case in which the gun ban in DC was overturned. Congressman Ryan is very supportive of the decision.

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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the reciprocity legislation.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The act "Prohibits a qualified civil liability action from being brought in any state or federal court against a manufacturer or seller of a firearm, ammunition, or a component of a firearm that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, or against a trade association of such manufacturers or sellers, for damages, punitive damages, injunctive or declaratory relief, abatement, restitution, fines, penalties, or other relief resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm. The act passed the house in October of 2005 in roll call 534 with the support of almost all Republicans and more than 1/3 of the Democrats. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

In 2003, Congress attempted to pass similar legislation as in 2005. The bill passed the House in a 285-140 vote. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Amendment - Negligence

As an amendment to the 2003 Lawful commerce act, Congress sought to permit liability actions against firearms manufacturers, sellers, or trade associations for negligence. The amendment failed by a vote of 144-280. Paul Ryan voted against the amendment to permit lawsuits for negligence purposes.

Paul Ryan voted against the amendment to permit lawsuits for negligence purposes.

Amendment - Third Party

As another amendment to the 2003 Lawful Commerce Act, Congress sought to allow lawsuits to be brought against gun manufacturers and dealers for damages that are caused by the criminal misuse of that product by a third party if the firearm transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the recipient is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance or has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution. The amendment failed by a vote of 134-289. Paul Ryan voted against the amendment to allow a lawsuit if the seller should have known the purchaser intended to use the gun illegally.

Paul Ryan voted against the amendment to allow a lawsuit if the seller should have known the purchaser intended to use the gun illegally.

Amendment - Conviction of Transferor

As another amendment to the 2003 Lawful commerce act, Congress sought to eliminate the requirement for the conviction of a transferor before a liability action could be taken. The amemdment failed 148-278. Paul Ryan voted against eliminating the requirement that the transferor be convicted before a liability action could be taken.

Paul Ryan voted against eliminating the requirement that the transferor be convicted before a liability action could be taken.

Gun Show Background Checks

In 1999, the House attempted to pass legislation to close a loophole that allows people to purchase firearms at gun shows without a background check. The Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act failed to pass in the house due to very little support from the Democrats and only moderate support from the Republicans. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act.

 

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-109; Bill Number-H R 1288; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Session-108; Bill Number-H R 1036; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Cosponsor

To prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others.

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