On July 9, the USCCA had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) and Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) to the Delta Defense headquarters in West Bend, Wisconsin. Both of these leaders are on the front lines, safeguarding the gun rights of millions of law-abiding Americans who have chosen to become their families’ first lines of defense.
Supporting Americans’ Gun Rights
Rep. Jordan has represented Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. Rep. Jordan is a concealed carry permit holder and has been a long-time supporter of the Second Amendment and gun owners’ rights. He currently serves as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over H.R. 38 (the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act). Rep. Jordan is a co-sponsor and strong supporter of the bill.
Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Fitzgerald served in the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the 13th District for more than two decades. He joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1981 and served in a number of assignments during his 27 years of service before his retirement in 2009 as a lieutenant colonel. He condemned President Biden’s executive orders against the Second Amendment, is a co-sponsor of H.R. 38 and sits on the House Judiciary Committee with Rep. Jordan.
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (WI) and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) Tour USCCA HQ
Both Congressmen joined U.S. Concealed Carry Association Founder and CEO Tim Schmidt at a local gun range in West Bend where they worked through some important self-defense drills with top USCCA instructors. Afterward, Reps. Jordan and Fitzgerald toured USCCA headquarters and addressed USCCA employees.
“The Second Amendment is right next to the First for a reason: because it is pretty darn important,” Jordan said during his address. He stressed that we are at a critical moment in our country and that’s why it is important to protect every single freedom we have — now more than ever. He ended by thanking the USCCA for standing up to support law-abiding gun owners.
Concealed carry has been on Rep. Fitzgerald’s radar since Wisconsin became the 48th of 50th state to pass concealed carry. He helped lead the fight to pass it in the state legislature while serving in the Wisconsin State Senate. “We worked on that bill numerous sessions … we lived this day by day, and we eventually got the bill through,” Fitzgerald shared with the USCCA team. He indicated that concealed carry isn’t something we can take for granted.
Rep. Fitzgerald is a strong advocate for national reciprocity. “This is an issue,” he declared. “If I am going out to Wyoming and I’ve got my firearm with me, and I get a flat tire in South Dakota, I want to have the peace of mind to know if a state trooper stops to assist me, I’m not going to get in hot water because I have a firearm in that vehicle.” These are the types of things Reps. Fitzgerald, Jordan and other Republican members of Congress are feverishly working on in Washington.
During the roundtable with both congressmen, Schmidt discussed several topics such as why some in Congress don’t support Americans who choose to be their families’ first lines of defense, why protecting the Second Amendment is such an important priority, passing national concealed carry reciprocity, what all Americans can do to make their voices heard by members of Congress and more.
After the visit, Rep. Fitzgerald made the following statement:
“I want to thank the USCCA for inviting me and my colleague, Mr. Jordan, here to Delta Defense today. The right to bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights of Americans. Despite the clarity of this right, Democrats continue in a relentless pursuit to dismantle the Second Amendment and punish law-abiding gun owners.
Today’s roundtable discussion was meaningful and productive. Awareness and advocacy is where our mission to preserve the Second Amendment starts. I appreciate the work USCCA is doing to meet the growing demand for firearm safety and training. I promise I’ll do all I can to bring commonsense measures that protect gun owners’ right to bear arms across the finish line in Congress.”
You can listen to the roundtable discussion with Rep. Jordan and Rep. Fitzgerald here.