"I support stricter gun control laws. We will not solve all issues with gun violence but we can do much better without impinging on anyone's rights. I believe the second amendment does, as the supreme court ruled, provide for the individual right to own firearms, and as a practical matter that will always be the case as well. The second amendment does, however, start with the phrase, "A well regulated militia.." so I don't feel it precludes sensible regulations, which should not interfere with a responsible individual's gun ownership, but which would prevent some of the issues stemming from those that should not have had access to a weapon for several reasons. I view it similarly to how cars and driving are regulated in terms of registration and licensing, but also to include universal background checks. Even the first amendment has limits.. classically you can't shout "Fire" in a crowded theater.... because it would endanger public safety and the same is true for this right. I do also believe - as also affirmed by the supreme court in the Heller ruling - the second amendment is "…not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever". In particular, I would like to assure that our police and military are always the best armed members of our society and that there is a line on what is civilian vs not. Our communities have seen recent tragedies, including the loss of a good man, officer, and father of my child's friend, that I believe everyone should want to find ways to prevent. I was disappointed by the recent change to remove the concealed carry permit, as this only imposed minor impediments, but allowed the Chief of Police in my town to be aware of who was carrying a weapon and consider that individual’s criminal history. I was also disappointed that we passed “stand your ground” legislation as this increased the likelihood of violent escalation of conflict in public places and allows emotion to dictate the use of deadly force."
Source: Citizens Count Issue Survey 2018