Government derives its authority from the consent of the governed. To that end, the protection of life, liberty, and property are the central role of government. With wise foresight, our founding fathers knew that the right of the people to defend themselves was necessary for a free people to thrive. Our federal government should hold the second amendment inviolate and respect the inalienable right to self-defense of our citizens. Every effort should be made to preserve the right to bear arms, not restrict it.

Article 1, Section 6 of our Utah Constitution states, “The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed;” As a State Representative I defended that right. I’m a firm believer in the castle doctrine, that one has a right to defend themselves, especially in their own home, from any threat to their family or home. I’m a proud holder of a Concealed Weapons Permit, and stand with the majority of Americans in support of the second amendment.

As your next Congressman, I will continue my defense of your right to keep and bear arms.