Lou Barletta on Gun Control



Individual right to keep, own, and use firearms

As a gun owner, recreational shooter, and an NRA member, I understand the meaning and significance of the Second Amendment. I believe in an individual right to keep, own, and use firearms.

This is incredibly important issue to me. It is my belief that our forefathers were very clear in their intentions when they framed the Second Amendment. They declared that each individual has a constitutionally protected absolute right to firearms, which is obviously extended to ammunition and firearm accessories.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, loubarletta.com, "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.

Barletta opposes the CC survey question on right to bear arms

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q10 on Aug 11, 2010

Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases.

Barletta co-sponsored Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act

Congressional Summary:Amends the federal criminal code to:

  • allow licensed firearms dealers to sell or deliver any firearm (currently, rifles or shotguns) to any state if the licensee meets with the purchaser and the transaction complies with the laws of the state in which the transfer is conducted and the purchaser's state of residence; and
  • eliminate the requirement that a licensee must conduct business at a gun show only in the state that is specified on the licensee's license.
  • Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the sale of a firearm or ammunition between licensed firearms dealers at any location in any state.

    Proponent's Comments (NRA-ILA, Oct. 14, 2011): This bill would remove several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968:

    Source: HR58/S1691 11-H0058 on Oct 12, 2011

    Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad.

    Barletta co-sponsored Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act

    Source: HR420/S798 11-HR0420 on Jan 25, 2011

    Recognize heritage of hunting & shooting on federal lands.

    Barletta signed Recreational Fishing & Hunting Heritage & Opportunities Act

    A BILL: To recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting, and shooting on Federal public lands and ensure continued opportunities for these activities.

      Congress finds that:
    1. recreational fishing and hunting are important and traditional activities in which millions of Americans participate
    2. recreational anglers and hunters have been and continue to be among the foremost supporters of sound fish and wildlife management and conservation in the US
    3. recreational fishing and hunting are environmentally acceptable and beneficial activities that occur and can be provided on Federal public lands and waters without adverse effects
    4. recreational anglers, hunters, and sporting organizations provide direct assistance to fish and wildlife managers and enforcement officers by investing volunteer time and effort to fish and wildlife conservation
    5. recreational anglers & hunters, and the associated industries have generated billions of dollars of critical funding by providing revenues from purchases of fishing and hunting licenses, permits, and stamps, as well as excise taxes on fishing, hunting, and shooting equipment
    6. recreational shooting is also an important and traditional activity in which millions of Americans participate, safe recreational shooting is a valid use of Federal public lands, and participation in recreational shooting helps recruit and retain hunters and contributes to wildlife conservation
    Source: H.R.2834 11-HR2834 on Sep 2, 2011

    2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Gun Control: Lou Barletta on other issues:
    PA Gubernatorial:
    Allyson Schwartz
    Mark Critz
    Michael Nutter
    Tom Corbett
    Tom Wolf
    PA Senatorial:
    Bob Casey

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