Second Amendment Rights

114th Congress

  • Introduced Legislation to Improve Access to Sportsmen’s Recreation Facilities: Senator Fischer joined her colleagues in cosponsoring the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act. This legislation updates the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. Specifically, it includes a clarification that extends financial and technical support to states for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting. The bill would provide greater opportunities for America’s sportsmen and sportswomen without raising taxes.

  • Cosponsored Bill to Enhance Opportunities for Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts: Senator Fischer joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to introduce The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. The legislation would prevent anti-hunting groups from restricting sportsmen’s ammunition choices. Such unnecessary constraints are driving up hunting costs, impeding participation in shooting sports, and decreasing conservation funding. The bill was approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Environment and Public Works Committee. 

  • Succeeded in Fighting Ban on Rifle Ammunition: Senator Fischer joined 52 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), calling on the director to reconsider a proposal limiting rifle ammunition that is primarily used for sporting purposes. Upon receiving the senators’ letter condemning its overreach, the ATF announced that it would scrap the ban.

113th Congress

  • Opposed the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer Background Check Legislation: Closing the so-called 'gun show loophole' would have little or no effect on violent crime because criminals far more commonly obtain firearms through theft and illegal dealers. Senator Fischer opposed this amendment, which would have laid the groundwork for a national gun registry that has often served as a precursor to bans in other countries.
  • Supported the Grassley-Cruz Legislation: This amendment would address gun violence without undermining the Second Amendment. Senator Fischer supported this legislation, which would increase funding for school security measures. It would also fix known problems with NICS background check system (such as a failure of some states to submit mental records) without expanding the program. 

  • Cosponsored a Concurrent Resolution in response to the United Nations Arms Trade treaty (ATT): The resolution expresses concern over possible restrictions to the rights afforded by the Second Amendment to law-abiding citizens. It outlines specific criteria that must be met to protect that right before the U.S. ratifies it.