Dear Mr. Hill:
Thank you for contacting me to express your views on the possession of firearms in schools. It was good to hear your views on this important issue.
I have always been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights throughout my time in Congress. The right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is enshrined in both our federal constitution and in West Virginia’s state constitution. Responsible gun ownership is part of our heritage in West Virginia and I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who have expressed their opposition to any kind of ban on such rights.
In the wake of numerous violent tragedies, it is important that we as policy makers and as Americans examine ways that we address similar acts of violence in the future. I believe some proposed legislation is overreaching and does not address the direct problem of mental illnesses and an effective background checking system.
As you know, on January 3, 2013, Representative Steve Stockman of Texas introduced the Safe Schools Act of 2013 which would amend the federal criminal code to repeal provisions making it unlawful to possess or discharge a firearm in a school zone. H.R. 35 was subsequently referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
Again, thank you for contacting me with your views on this issue. I look forward to hearing from you again soon. It is an honor to serve you in Congress.