Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jun 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding the recent sit-in over gun control in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Like most other Americans, I am appalled by the recurrent tragedies involving gun violence. No one wants terrorists, criminals, or mentally ill persons to have guns.

“As a gun owner and strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I believe that the right to own and use guns is not absolute or free from government regulation because firearms are inherently dangerous instrumentalities. Their use, unlike other activities protected by the Bill of Rights, can inflict serious injury or death. Therefore, firearms are subject to reasonable regulation in the interest of public safety, crime prevention, preserving the peace, environmental protection, and public health.

“But at the same time, regulation of firearms and individual gun ownership or use must be consistent with civil liberties such as due process, equal protection, freedom from unlawful searches, and privacy.

“While I share the frustrations of my colleagues and the American people at our failure to accomplish that, I am working with others of like mind to find a common sense solution to this issue for all Americans.”