Rob has fought to protect the U.S. Constitution and to protect the constitutional rights of Virginia citizens. He believes that the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect Americans by limiting the authority of the federal government to certain enumerated powers. Moreover, the 10th Amendment specifically states that all powers not delegated to the federal government “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In 2010, Rob co-patroned House Bill 10, which opposed the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law and helped form Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s legal challenge against it. Rob was the co-author of the Virginia Constitutional Amendment to place property rights protections in the Virginia Constitution and to stamp out eminent domain abuses. This amendment is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. City of New London decision, which allowed the government to take property and transfer it to another private individual. In the 2012 election, Virginians voted in favor of the Property Rights Amendment with over 74% of the vote.
Rob has been repeatedly recognized for his work to defend both the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution:
- Virginia Property Rights Coalition – 2007 “Deepest Gratitude for (HB 2954) to the people of Virginia”
- Virginia Property Rights Coalition – 2008 “John C. Marshall Award”
- American Conservative Union – 2011 and 2012 “Defender of Liberty Award”
With regards to the Second Amendment, Rob believes that it ensures the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms for hunting, target shooting, self-defense, and other reasons. Rob Bell is rated ‘A’ by the NRA, received a 100% score from the VCDL in 2016 and has always voted to uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and sportsmen.
Rob is a gun owner, a concealed carry permit holder, an NRA member and a longtime member of the Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club near his home in Charlottesville.
In recent years, Rob voted to repeal the “one gun a month” and the ban on concealed carry in restaurants. Rob supports both concealed and open carry, as well as expanding legal protections for justified home defense and self-defense.