I strongly support the Second Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." I firmly believe the plain language of the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, something the Supreme Court upheld in both District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. Since being elected to Congress, I have been committed to ensuring that overheated rhetoric and fear mongering do not overcome common sense and the important protections that our nation’s Founders incorporated into the Constitution regarding firearms.
Like many South Dakotans, I grew up with an enormous respect and appreciation for firearms, hunting, and the outdoors. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I will work to promote issues important to South Dakota’s outdoorsmen and to protect the numerous hunting traditions we enjoy.
|3/20/12||Thune, Vitter Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Would Balance Rights of States, Individual Gun Owners|
|4/22/11||Preserving Our Hunting and Fishing Traditions|
|1/14/11||JOINT COLUMN: Working Together for South Dakota|
|10/8/10||The Pheasant Hunt Tradition|
|6/28/10||Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Second Amendment Rights|
|7/22/09||Anti-Gun Senators Defeat Common Sense Thune Concealed Carry Amendment|
|7/20/09||Thune Offers Concealed Carry Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill|
|7/10/09||Congress, Administration Must Address Rural Priorities|
|2/26/09||Thune: Senate Votes to Restore Second Amendment Rights|
|2/25/09||Thune Offers Concealed Carry Bill as Amendment to DC Voting Rights Bill|