Dear Mr. Dorian,
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for our Second Amendment rights. I appreciate your thoughts and concerns on this important issue.
As a lifelong sportsman, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Owning and using firearms responsibly is a central part of the history and tradition of the American West. I will continue to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms.
As you may know, Congressman Bobby Rush introduced H.R. 45 on January 6, 2009. Among other provisions, H.R. 45 would prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a license created by this legislation. H.R. 45 has attracted no cosponsors and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. I did not support this legislation during the last Congress and I would not support similar legislation were it to come before the House of Representatives for consideration.
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4) introduced H.R. 308, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, which would prohibit transferring a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. I do not support this legislation and would not vote for it if it came before the House of Representatives for consideration.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dated March 6, 2009, I joined with many of my colleagues to express our opposition to an assault weapons ban. This ban was ineffective during the 10 years that it was law and I oppose its reenactment.
For far too long, too many Americans have been intentionally misled into believing that these weapons are fully automatic machine guns. They are not. These firearms fire one shot for every pull of the trigger. Some of the guns that would be banned under proposed bills have been around for more than 70 years, and are often passed down from generation to generation.
Again, thank you for contacting me. For more information and additional details about legislation, please visit my website, http://heinrich.house.gov. While you are there, you can also sign up to receive periodic updates on my work in Congress.