As one of the founding principles of our nation, the right to bear arms must be fully upheld, and I am committed to protecting the rights of responsible Oklahoma gun owners who safely use guns for hunting and protection.
Our founders knew that true freedom from despotism required ordinary citizens to have the means to defend themselves from tyrannical advances. Of all the rights found in the U.S. Constitution, only one—the right to bear arms—is included to ensure that all other rights are upheld. Our founders knew that in order for our republic to respect the rights of our citizens, we could never leave them defenseless to despotism. Although our society has evolved, this right to bear arms remains, and I am a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) because I believe that the Second Amendment should not be violated.
In Oklahoma, we know that guns are tools, to be used responsibly. Unfortunately, many politicians and bureaucrats in Washington are quick to blame guns for gun violence. But executive actions favored by President Obama that limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners are not the answer.
More on Second Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Obama announced new gun control proposals:
"I will oppose any legislation to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, including a ban on so-called assault weapons. I represent tens of thousands of responsible gun owners who safely use guns for hunting and protection, and restricting their freedom is not the solution to gun violence."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gun rights in McDonald v. Chicago:
"The Constitution is crystal clear that citizens have the right to bear arms. This decision affirms that no government, at any level, has the authority to deny the rights of Americans to own guns. Today's ruling further reinforces the importance of appointing Supreme Court justices who will respect the fundamental rights plainly set forth in our Constitution."