As the only combat-wounded veteran in the General Assembly, I used firearms in battle and understand their value more than most. I would not be here today were it not for a Winchester M-14 that I carried in the jungles of Vietnam, as a young Marine officer. I understand the importance of protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights.

As a legislator in Richmond for eight years, I received an A+ rating from the NRA.

I believe Virginians have the right to protect themselves. I support the right of competent, law abiding citizens to own arms to defend themselves and their families. It is important that our government does not infringe upon the liberties of its citizens.