Constitutional Issues

US ConstitutionFirst Amendment: Our founders rightly understood that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness begins with the right to free speech, a free press, and the freedom to worship and follow God as we please. For as long as I am in office, I will fight to uphold not only the First Amendment, but also the entire Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the principles of liberty found within the Declaration of Independence.

Second Amendment: My position on gun rights is very simple. I will oppose any restriction or erosion to our Second Amendment liberties. As an avid sportsman, gun owner, and concealed weapons permit holder, I strongly believe that law-abiding citizens should have the right to keep and bear arms.  Tyranny occurs not because of too much freedom, but in spite of it. I believe it would be misguided to restrict freedom.

The Second Amendment protects our God given right to keep and bear arms, and these rights shall not be infringed upon like many states have attempted to do. I support Concealed Carry Reciprocity because I believe law abiding citizens should be able to exercise their rights across the country, and if every state has different laws on concealed carry, that infringes upon our basic Second Amendment rights. Please know that I will always fight for the constitutional rights of all Americans.

Civil Liberties: While the security of our citizens is of utmost importance and a duty of the United States government, it must not come at the expense of the rights of citizens. I am working hard to make sure we, as Members of Congress, do the best possible job in providing for the common defense of our nation without violating individual rights.

I agree with our Founders, who wrote clear protections of individual rights into the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” While the security of our people is of utmost importance and a duty of the United States government, it must not come at the expense of the rights of citizens.

This is why I have opposed allowing the indefinite detention, warrantless wiretapping, or “abouts” bulk data surveillance of American citizens.  These are abuses of our rights in the name of fighting terrorism.  While I believe we must fight terrorism, and that these tools should be available to be used against foreigners, using them against Americans without a warrant clearly violates our Constitutional rights. 

 

For more information concerning my work and views on Constitutional Issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

More on Constitutional Issues

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, in response to the Biden Administration’s proposed rule regarding pistol stabilizing braces, Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced the No Frivolous Applications for Short-Barreled Shotguns (NFA SBS) Act.

June 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. - Today, in response to the Centers for Disease Control renewing the legally suspect moratorium on evictions, Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced the Restore the Rights of Property Owners under the Eviction Moratorium Issued by the CDC Act of 2021.

June 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. - In response to recent reports that the state of Vermont is considering allowing non-citizens to vote in state elections, Congressman Jeff Duncan made the following statement:

“Under the America Last policies of the Biden/Harris Administration, the crisis at the border is the worst we have seen there in our nation’s history. In fact, have undone many of the most effective enforcement procedures used by the Trump Administration without having any plan to in place to replace them.

January 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— 37 Republican members of Congress today issued the following statement in advance of the joint session of Congress at 1:00 p.m. today.

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In the joint session of Congress today, we will vote to sustain objections to slates of electors submitted by states we believe clearly violated the Constitution in the presidential election of 2020. This is our solemn duty, and our position on this threshold legal question has been widely known and published for weeks.

December 30, 2020 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) plans to formally object to the Electoral College certification in the House of Representatives on January 6, 2021. He released the following statement:

October 26, 2020 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court:

September 26, 2020 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) applauded President Donald Trump for nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.