I strongly support the Second Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." While others may disagree, I firmly believe the plain language of the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. This must include robust due process protections to guard against any policies that would suspend or curtail someone's lawful Second Amendment right. Firearms have long been a part of the history and culture of South Dakota. Like many South Dakotans, I have a deep respect and appreciation for firearms, hunting, and the outdoors, which was instilled in me from a young age. Responsible use of firearms for sporting purposes and personal protection are valued components of South Dakota’s heritage, ones that support important hunting and tourism industries and protect our personal liberties. As South Dakota’s U.S. Senator, I take seriously my responsibility to represent and protect your right to bear arms, and I remain a vigilant advocate for the Second Amendment and for protecting the rights of South Dakota gun owners.