Hard Choices

Rep. George Holding

Posted January 23, 2013 8:45 p.m. EST

In January 2013, WRAL News conducted a poll of 500 North Carolina residents on gun policy and related issues. Before results of the poll were released, we asked the state's 2 Senators and 13 House members to respond to some of the same questions.

Rep. George Holding, a Republican who represents North Carolina's 13th Congressional district, did not answer the survey questions but offered a written statement:

“We need a thoughtful discussion about the best ways to protect our citizens, but I am concerned that the President’s proposals go too far. Protecting American families is essential, but we need to recognize the difference between millions of law abiding American gun owners and a few deranged individuals. Any future action must be carefully considered in light of our right-to-bear-arms as defined in the Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court. When I was a U.S. Attorney, I wasn't shy about working with local law enforcement to go after criminals with illegal guns and that’s where our focus should be moving forward.”


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