Gun Rights

I am a strong advocate for our Second Amendment freedoms. 

The Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to enshrine the pre-existing right of individuals to keep and bear arms.  It states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

At the same time, I understand the obligation we have to protect our communities.  I believe that the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, possess, and use firearms is entirely consistent with that obligation.  We must come together as a country, seek out solutions that work toward preventing horrific crimes, like what occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary, and give thorough and thoughtful review of proposals that address gun regulations within the confines of the United States Constitution.

More on Gun Rights

Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, by a bipartisan vote of 231 to 198.  The legislation would allow law-abiding Americans who are qualified to carry concealed handguns in one state to also carry in other states with concealed carry laws.  The bill also includes language from the Fix NICS Act of 2017, which would ensure agencies are reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Feb 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted to overturn a new rule from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that would have the effect of stripping the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens simply because they need help in managing their finances.  The rule, issued in the waning days of the Obama Administration, affects people who receive Disability Insurance or Supplemental Social Security benefits for certain mental health conditions, and who also are deemed to require someone to help manage their benefits.  The list of mental health conditions includes such

Feb 4, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today voted in favor of legislation that prevents the Obama Administration’s Justice Department from unfairly targeting legitimate businesses simply because they run afoul of the president’s political agenda.  The bill, H.R.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s final State of the Union address to Congress and the nation:

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive actions on firearms, which circumvent Congress and undermine the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Jul 31, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today welcomed news that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has issued a memo to top military officials urging them to “develop action plans to improve the security and force protection of DoD [Department of Defense] personnel.”  Carter’s memo ordered U.S.

Jul 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, is urging Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to overturn the policy that prohibits base commanders from allowing service members to carry personal firearms on military installations.  Barletta and 57 other members of Congress have sent a letter to Carter in the wake of the attacks on recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed four marines and one sailor and wounded several others.  The letter argues that active duty service members should have the ability to defend themselves, particularly in light of increased acts o

Dec 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the year 2014 in the United States House of Representatives and highlighted some notable improvements and achievements.  Among the important issues covered during the year were fighting illegal immigration, protecting volunteer firefighters from Obamacare, saving billions of taxpayer dollars on federal office space, reducing regulations, and promoting domestic energy.  Most of those policy advancements encouraged private sector job growth.  Barletta indicated that he would continue the fight on those and oth