Second Amendment Rights

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. This means that law-abiding citizens have the right to own firearms - no ifs, ands, or buts.

I have fought hard to protect this sacred right in many ways, including:

Fighting against all gun control measures that erode Second Amendment rights.

Voting for and helping pass into law legislation to curb class action lawsuits against firearm and ammunition manufacturers and dealers.

Voting to allow residents of the District of Columbia to own firearms.

Coauthoring legislation to allow current and former law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons.

Authoring legislation to safeguard the 2nd Amendment Right of U.S. citizens from infringement by the United Nations.

Supporting Project Safe Neighborhoods to make sure we are expending maximum effort to prosecute existing laws.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Gun Owners of America

National Rifle Association


  • Vitter-Thune Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Would Balance Rights of States, Individual Gun Owners

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced their Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines in accordance with the laws of individual states. The bill balances the constitutional rights protected by the Second Amendment with the rights of each state to enforce its own laws regarding concealed firearms.

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  • Vitter Sworn in for Second Term as Louisiana’s U.S. Senator

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden for his second term as Louisiana’s U.S. Senator. Vitter took the oath of office shortly after noon (view video here).

    “Wendy and I are honored to be chosen by the people of Louisiana to continue to serve and fight for them in Washington. And I’m particularly excited about the new makeup here in Congress, with many more colleagues committed to an agenda of mainstream conservative reforms,” said Vitter. “I’ll continue to keep my focus on important Louisiana needs like restoring our coast and ending the job-killing de facto moratorium, while also advocating for major national priorities like fiscal responsibility and repealing Obamacare.”

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  • Vitter Applauds Supreme Court Second Amendment Ruling

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling guaranteeing that the constitutional right to bear arms cannot be restricted by laws at the state level.

    “Today’s common-sense decision was a huge victory for the Second Amendment rights of all Americans,” said Vitter. “The Constitution guarantees every law-abiding American the right to own firearms, and that’s a right that no government at any level should be able to take away. As the Senate considers the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, I hope my colleagues will be paying close attention to her record to determine whether she would rule in line with the Constitution or whether she would legislate from the bench.”

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  • Vitter Introduces Legislation to Protect Hunting

    ( Washington, D.C. ) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced the Migratory Bird Treaty Amendment Act, a bill that would allow for hunting on farm land where crops have been recently destroyed as the result of a natural disaster. 


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  • Vitter Vote against Holder Nomination

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement explaining his intention to vote against Eric Holder, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General.

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  • Vitter’s View: Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights

                On March 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia overturned Washington D.C.’s long standing ban on firearms as a violation of the Constitutional rights of D.C. residents.  The court stated that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.  This decision was a pivotal step for protecting our Second Amendment rights and the way our courts view firearm laws. 

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