Idaho – -(Ammoland.com)- I am thankful for this opportunity to clarify my statements during a recent debate over a “concealed carry” bill in a senate committee. Law abiding citizens have a right to bear arms. But that right has been eroded by government rules and special interest groups who want to see every tragedy as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights.
I refuse to give up any further erosion of this right, and I will resist any effort to do so. This includes eroding those rights by adding requirements back on state officials and judges. I resist giving up any further freedoms to the government, including the right to carry concealed weapons that elected officials and judges have had since 1906.
I not only believe in the right of all people to defend themselves, but I believe people are inherently responsible in how they do so. That is one reason why I have a 100 percent rating with the National Rifle Association.
In my comments during a senate state affairs hearing, I noted that elected officials must consider their own security. As an elected official myself, I am well aware that sometimes we need to make controversial decisions. These decisions can be far-reaching, impacting our state significantly. This can sometimes inflame passions, leading, in very rare cases, to physical harm. Thus, I believe there is a defensible position for lawmakers when it comes to their own security.
Sen. Russ Fulcher is a Republican candidate for governor. Visit: www.russfulcher.com