Annette Hyde (VA Sen-24) Issue Statement

I believe in Second Amendment rights, and I believe in gun safety. Virginia should have universal background checks and ban bump stocks, large capacity magazines and assault weapons. Domestic abusers and the mentally ill who are a danger to themselves and the community should not be allowed to own guns. If you have to be 21 years old to buy alcohol or tobacco products, you should be 21 years old to buy any type of firearm.

Jennie Lou Leeder (TX-21) Issue Statement

We need commonsense gun law reform in our country. This includes closing the gun show and internet purchase loopholes, changing the legal age to 21 to purchase long guns, and making automatic weapons and bump stocks illegal. I would support the reinstatement of the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban. As a former teacher, I strongly oppose the president’s proposal to arm teachers. Our educators have a job to do, and that job does not include serving as an armed patrol. I do believe that we need community service officers on school campuses to increase campus safety and act as liaisons with vital service providers in the community.

Gina Collias (NC-10) Issue Statement

The Republican Party refuses to enact common sense gun reforms, that a majority of gun owners support, because they are dependent on the NRA for money. I support universal background checks and closing the gun show loopholes. This isn’t about taking away the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. This is about making our country safer and preventing additional mass shootings.

I am a gun owner, and I believe in the importance of the 2nd Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. No matter what, it’s time for our leaders to listen to our real fears, not about losing our guns, but getting news that our child has been shot. Enough is enough. I will work hard to ensure the safety of our children.

As a mom, I am guided by my moral compass, and I will not accept any funding from the NRA. We need passage of common sense gun laws. We need national discussions on what will work including higher age requirements for purchase, robust mental health, universal background checks that are coordinated between federal and state agencies, and funding for CDC research into the causes of gun violence.

I will not be bullied by a gun lobby at the expense of our kids. I will represent you.

Dee Thornton (IN-05) Issue Statement

I support Second Amendment rights, and I recognize the need for common sense gun legislation. I strongly support gun reform.
The facts show that more than 150,000 students – in at least 170 schools – have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre. Ninety-one percent of children under the age of 15 who have lost their lives to a bullet lived right here in the United States. Not all wounds are visible. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects up to 70 percent of the kids who witness these attacks. We must do better for our children and for ourselves.

As your representative, I am committed to working toward:

● Reinstating the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons: Weapons that were made for the military don’t belong in the hands of private citizens. Law enforcement and military leaders agree. After the Parkland shooting, three-fourths of Americans are in favor of banning assault-style weapons.

● Banning bump stocks: Bump fire stocks make it easier for a shooter to fire rounds in rapid succession. More than eight in 10 Americans supports banning these dangerous devices.

● Strengthening background checks and closing current loopholes: We need to ensure that background checks are performed for each and every person purchasing a gun, whether they purchase the firearm at a retail store, online, or person-to-person at a gun show. We must strengthen background checks by closing the three-day loophole that allows automatic approval of a permit within three days.

● Raising the age for purchase: While the county is waiting for Congress to take action, at least four major retailers have stepped up to do what our representatives will not. They have recognized that it makes no sense for it to be harder to buy a beer than a gun. We must raise the age for purchase to 21 years nationally.

● Exploring licensing for gun ownership: If our driver’s licenses must be renewed, so should our gun licenses. We need to reevaluate our requirements for gun licensing. We must stop proposals for concealed carry reciprocity across our country, which have a profound impact on state public safety. Our state’s gun laws must be respected.

● Supporting, increasing, and enhancing services for mental health: While healthcare access is being rolled back by the current administration, the need for increased and enhanced mental health services is clear. We must take a multi-factor approach in our efforts to reducing violence. Supporting access to mental health care is necessary to that process.

Tackling gun violence will take all of us working together – Republicans and Democrats alike – to find innovative and effective solutions to this complex problem. Let’s start with common sense and build from there.

Rachel Kinsey (GA-11) Issue Statement

Firearms have been a cornerstone of our nation’s freedoms since our constitution was ratified in 1788. Firearms are an essential component of protecting ourselves, our families, and our businesses. Every time the tragedy of gun violence robs a family of a parent or child, it serves as a cruel reminder that some of our citizens should not be able to purchase guns due to a lack of respect for the awesome responsibility required to be a sensible gun owner.

After all of the horrific shootings from Parkland, to Sandy Hook, to Las Vegas, and others, we still have not acted to restrict gun sales to people who lack the mental capacity to act with the utmost respect for the safety of others. Responsible people should be allowed to purchase guns that suit their needs for self-defense and sportsmanship. No gun owner need fear that we are trying to take away their constitutional right to bear arms.

A sensible gun policy would benefit gun owners by weeding out those who are unfit for gun ownership. No longer would responsible gun owners be lumped together with those who do not share their respect and care for others’ well-being. The vast majority of gun owners want universal background checks so as to minimize the likelihood that a gun falls into the wrong hands and sullies the good name of responsible gun owners. In addition, banning bump stocks, raising the legal age to purchase firearms to 21, and banning high-capacity magazines and assault rifles that are designed for the maximum killing of humans during a war would benefit gun owners while respecting their right to self-defense and sporting.