Tom Coburn on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : May 27, 2010

 2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

Issue: Gun Control

"...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms and clearly prohibits the federal government from infringing upon the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves. This has not stopped Washington politicians and special interest groups from trying to take this right away. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will fight any effort to compromise the rights it guarantees. I successfully passed legislation that has become law that removes decades old federal restrictions and prohibits future federal restrictions on the rights of law abiding Americans to carry fire arms in accordance with state laws when visiting national parks. I also successfully fought to protect the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s veterans, who risked all to protect the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for all Americans.

Voting Record

Amendment - Gun carry on Amtrak

In April of 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment to ensure that law abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. Tom Coburn voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Tom Coburn voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Amendment - Gun carry on Amtrak

In 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment concerning carrying guns in checked baggage on Amtrak. The amendments read : To ensure that law abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. Each time, the amendments got the support of most or all Republicans with about half the Democrats supporting the legislation. The vote was passed 63-35. Tom Coburn voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Tom Coburn voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Amendment - US aid and gun registration

In September 2007, the US Senate voted on an amendment submitted by Senator Vitter of Louisiana. The amendment sought to prohibit the use of funds by international organizations, agencies, and entities that require the registration of, or taxes guns owned by citizens of the United States. The amendment got the support of almost all Republicans and about 2/3 of the Democrats to pass in a 81-10 vote. Tom Coburn voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from being used by organizations that would require registration of firearms.

Tom Coburn voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from being used by organizations that would require registration of firearms.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

In 2005, the US Senate voted on S 397 - The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The act sought to protect gun manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers from being sued for crimes or accidents involving the weapons they sold or manufactured. The legislation came to a vote in July of 2005 and passed the Senate with a vote of 65-31. Tom Coburn voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Tom Coburn voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 371; Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to provide for reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms in different states by persons who are not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm and who are: (1) carrying a valid state license or permit for carrying a concealed firearm; or (2) otherwise entitled to carry a concealed firearm in their state of residence.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 371; Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to provide for reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms in different states by persons who are not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm and who are: (1) carrying a valid state license or permit for carrying a concealed firearm; or (2) otherwise entitled to carry a concealed firearm in their state of residence.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1001; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2619; Protecting Americans from Violent Crime Act of 2008 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 397; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Cosponsor

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

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1082; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 3275; Concealed Carry Reciprocity - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to permit a nonresident of a state to carry a concealed firearm (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in that state if such nonresident: (1) is not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm; and (2) is carrying a valid permit issued by a state permitting such person to carry a concealed firearm.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2599; Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 would have prohibited any U.S. officer or employee, or person operating under color of federal law, under control of a federal official, or providing services to such person, while acting in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency, from: (1) seizing, or authorizing seizure of, any firearm the possession of which is not prohibited under federal or state law, other than for forfeiture in compliance with federal law or as evidence in a criminal investigation; (2) requiring registration of any firearm for which registration is not required by federal or state law; (3) prohibiting possession of any firearm in any place or by any person where such possession is not otherwise prohibited; or (4) prohibiting the carrying of a firearm by any person otherwise authorized to carry firearms, solely because such person is operating under the direction, control, or supervision of a federal agency in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency.

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