Wittman: Supporting Sportsmen in the Commonwealth

From Congressman Rob Wittman:

This past weekend, I spoke at the 21st Annual Wild Game Supper in Woodbridge to talk about my love of the outdoors and my continued support of our Constitutional rights. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, these are pastimes hundreds of thousands of Virginians from of all walks of life enjoy, and I appreciated the opportunity to talk to folks about a shared passion.

As a member, and previous Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I believe strongly in promoting and defending America’s outdoor sporting traditions and wildlife conservation. Hunters play an integral role in conserving our public lands.

Recently, though, the lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly have introduced bills that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights. On the first day of the General Assembly’s current session, I called state leadership to reaffirm my commitment to defending the Constitution and supporting the many hunters and outdoorsmen in the Commonwealth by supporting the Second Amendment and the lawful use of firearms. We must be focused on making it more difficult for criminals to access firearms and addressing the behavior behind instances of mass violence instead of infringing our Constitutional rights.

I will continue to monitor the ongoing issues in Richmond, and continue to urge my colleagues at the state level to consider the voices of the hundreds of thousands of law abiding Virginians who own and safely operate firearms. As a Virginian and gun owner, I am firmly against these proposed laws to restrict firearm purchases and infringe upon basic Constitutional rights and in Congress, I remain committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess, and use firearms.