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Second Amendment

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 gun owners who safely use guns for hunting and protection. And in Oklahoma, we know that guns are tools to be used responsibly.

Our founders knew that true freedom from despotism required ordinary citizens to have the means to defend themselves. 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. I am a member of the National Rifle Association because I believe that the Second Amendment should not be violated.

I will continue to support freedom and personal responsibility by seeing that the government protects the Second Amendment. While I share the goal of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and preventing mass violence, overly broad executive orders and legislative proposals that limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners are not the answer to gun violence. I believe all efforts to address gun ownership must be deliberative and open to ensure that constitutional rights are preserved for all Americans.

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March 16, 2015 Weekly Columns

Sometimes referred to as the guarantor of the rest of our constitutional rights, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has rightly remained a fundamental freedom in American society. While we have come a long way as a nation and certainly look different today than our first years, it doesn’t erase or change the importance of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” For even the most fundamental freedoms must be looked after in order to preserve American liberty for future generations. 

April 15, 2013 News Stories

Bloomberg - Kathleen Hunter & Roxana Tiron

Movement on gun control and immigration in the U.S. Senate obscures an inevitable roadblock to either measure: a resistant Republican-run House.

Obstacles in the House of Representatives to expanding background checks for gun buyers may be enough to scuttle an initiative that President Barack Obama has pressed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings.

January 16, 2013 Press Release

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."

January 11, 2013 News Stories
Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin say President Barack Obama should not try to bypass Congress and issue an executive order on gun control.
November 16, 2011 Press Release

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.

June 28, 2010 Press Release

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."


July 30, 2008 Weekly Columns
On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court decision that the gun ban in Washington, D.C. is unconstitutional.