Senator John Boozman is the senior United States Senator for Arkansas and previously served the 3rd congressional district of Arkansas. Boozman founded a private optometry clinic after graduating from the Southern College of Optometry. He was elected to the House in 2002 where he focused on bettering lives for Veterans. He was elected to the Senate in 2010. The following year, Boozman voted to table an amendment that prohibited the usage of the Patriot Act to access firearm records of law-abiding citizens. From there he continued to vote, author and sponsor legislation in line with gun rights advocacy. Boozman has stated that “attempts to undermine your Second Amendment rights come from every angle, including efforts to strip you of your legal rights to carry.”
Boozman voted no on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. He voted yes on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers and yes on prohibiting suing gun makers and sellers for gun misuse. The NRA rated Boozman A on gun rights policies. The Senator also signed HR197 and S845 regarding national cross state standards for carrying concealed weapons. He also signed HRES1365 commending the NRA for developing the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program and teaching over twenty million children lifesaving messages. Boozman co-sponsored the Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act which allows veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. He also co-sponsored banning gun registration and trigger lock law in DC and sponsored the Concealed Reciprocity Act which was a bill to apply concealed permit to all states. Boozman also signed the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act which is a bill to clarify the conditions which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes.
Boozman was also one of 50 Senators to sign the letter to Obama opposing the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. In 2016 he made a statement alongside his challenger on Obama’s’intention toward gun control through executive action. He stated that “President Obama has tried time and again to strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights and each time, Congress has stood up for the Constitution.” He goes on to say that what the President calls “’common sense’ steps to reduce gun violence will do little to curb violent crime and certainly would not have prevented a single one of the tragic mass shootings our nation has recently endured.”