My beliefs on this issue are simple and straightforward. Everyone has the right to own a gun, unless they have done something to lose that right.
Reasons that an individual would lose their right to own a gun:
- They have been convicted of a violent crime or domestic abuse.
- They have been involuntarily committed for psychiatric care.
- They are on any government ‘watch list’ related to terrorism.
I believe that there must also be a comprehensive, fair and open mechanism in place to allow for the reinstatement of the right to bear arms, when it is appropriate.
I propose that one way to protect the people of the United States, without infringing on their rights, is to have a universal background check system that must be used for all gun sales. While it may be inconvenient to have a short wait while a background check is being processed, I would happily give that time up in order to know that the weapon will not be used for criminal purposes.
Let me be clear; I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE YOUR GUN. I do think it’s time to have a constructive conversation about guns that preserves our rights to own them, while doing our best to keep them out of the hands of people who would use them for criminal activity. Furthermore, I don’t see a need for high capacity magazines for firearms, and would support capping magazine capacities at a reasonable level for hunting, sporting and self-defense purposes.