Senator Jeff Sessions, attorney general nominee, was asked in a January 10 confirmation hearing about his thoughts on the Second Amendment by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA). Sessions responded that he believes the right to bear arms is “historic” and is constitutionally protected.
Sen. Kennedy said, “In Louisiana, Senator, we believe that love is the answer. But we also believe that we have the right under the Constitution to own a gun, just in case. Could you share with me your thoughts on the Second Amendment?”
“Well, I do believe the Second Amendment is a personal right. It is a historic right of the American people. And the Constitution protects it and explicitly states it. It is just as much part of the Constitution as any of the other great rights and liberties that we value. So my record is pretty clear on that,” Sessions replied.
Sessions also said he believes that that right can be taken away from those who do not obey the laws. He stated that if a criminal bears arms to commit a crime, their rights are forfeited.
“People can forfeit their right to have a gun, and it can be a factor in receiving sentences and being prosecuted if you carry a gun, for example, during the commission of a crime,” Sessions said. “That can add penalty and convictions to you. I think that’s a legitimate and responsible restraint on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”