2nd Amendment

I have always been a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and I stand against efforts to erode any American’s constitutional right to bear arms. I will continue to support legislation that advances 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

All of our children deserve to learn in a safe environment-- absent of the threat of gun violence. I support the efforts of President Trump’s STOP School Violence Act, which directly addresses the issues of school gun violence by including access to grants for additional security in Idaho schools and funding for mental health programs. I support efforts that will protect Idaho’s most vulnerable, and believe we can accomplish this goal without impeding on the rights of Idahoans to protect themselves.

Privacy

Along with protecting the 2nd Amendment, I defend the fundamental right to privacy that every American enjoys. As our world continues to transition essential services and everyday tasks online, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, this right to privacy does not change. I believe it is possible to keep our country safe, without infringing on the privacy of innocent Americans. Any government surveillance of Americans must be conducted with proper authority and oversight. This oversight role is reserved for Congress, and not a part of my public service that I take lightly.

Our government’s ability to collect data from American citizens is wide-ranging and extends  into the everyday lives of American citizens. These powers require constant vetting and oversight. In Congress, I joined bipartisan efforts to oppose mass collection of citizen’s data without warrants, and voted to reform the FISA process.

While it is entirely appropriate for the federal government to surveil credible national security threats, recent efforts by some in Congress seek to expand the data collection powers of agencies like the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services for partisan means. These efforts include requiring DOE to collect information from families on “gun storage practices,” then tying this data to federal funds. I oppose these efforts, and will keep your privacy rights, as well as your constitutional gun rights, at the forefront of any legislative discussion.

Legislation

Below is a list of initiatives, bills, and letters I have supported in Congress to protect our constitutional rights. Click on the links or contact my office for additional information.

  • Co-signed Amicus Brief: To emphasize gun rights are an individual right and limits government gun control by requiring the government show a “compelling interest”, without categorical gun bans. 

  • Hearing Protection Act (H.R.155): eliminate a special “transfer tax” on gun suppressors.

  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R.38): ensures that valid concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid for carrying concealed carry handguns in another state.

  • Letter to House Leadership to consider an amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, that was passed by the Senate, to prohibit Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) from collecting internet search activity and browsing history without a warrant. 

There have also been initiatives that I simply cannot support. Here are some of my no votes and my reason for doing so.

  • (H.R. 8) VOTED NO: Bill would implement new background check requirements that would  prevent transfer of firearms between family members and friends if any value is shown in the transaction without a licensed dealer, manufacturer, or importer.

  • (H.R. 1112) VOTED NO: Bill would impose further denials on law-abiding citizens from obtaining a gun, along with adding obstacles in the background check process.