Pat Hackett (IN-02), "Common Sense and Responsible Gun Legislation"

Gun violence is a health crisis in this nation. I will advocate for the health and safety of our children by responsible gun laws and campaign finance reform. Seven children die as a result of gun violence every single day in the United States whether in their neighborhoods, in their schools, or in their churches. There have been more than 2,100 mass shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. There were 846 firearm deaths in Indiana in 2015 and 997 firearm deaths in Indiana in 2016. These numbers are truly disturbing, and it is unacceptable that legislators have not taken action to curb gun violence. Nothing in the 2nd Amendment prevents us from removing weapons of war, designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, from the hands of civilians. The 2nd Amendment has become a marketing tool for gun manufacturers and the NRA. This issue is more about money than it is the Constitution. Citizens have the right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. For example, to hunt and have a gun at home for protection or carry with a permit. Congress should enact commonsense gun laws that continue to protect the rights of responsible gun owners, while preventing tragic and unnecessary deaths. Here are some of the actions I support:

Require universal background checks, close the gun show and internet loopholes, so that all gun purchases, including private gun sales, are recorded, and purchasers are verified through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. 74% of NRA members, and 87% of non-NRA members support criminal background checks for all gun purchases.[4] Universal background checks can protect Hoosiers by:

Banning gun sales to people with a history of violent behavior, including domestic violence.

Banning sales to people on terrorist watch lists.

Banning or removing guns from homes with suicidal residents.

Reenact the lapsed Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Assault rifles have become the weapon of choice for mass murderers in the US, and were used to kill innocent victims at Sandy Hook, Orlando, Aurora, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Parkland and El Paso. These weapons of war are far too easy to obtain, and they make mass shootings far too common.

Criminalize the possession of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. These weapons are difficult to defend against. While automatic weapons are no longer legal to manufacture for civilian use in the US, it is not hard or expensive to purchase kits that can convert semiautomatic weapons into ones that mimic the functionality of fully automatic weapons.

Ban high capacity magazines. There is no purpose for high capacity magazines other than to maximize the loss of life.

Repeal the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protects gun manufacturers from liability litigation. This would encourage manufactures to implement safety measures, such as “smart guns” that can only be discharged by authorized users.

Fund the Centers for Disease Control to conduct research on gun violence. In 1996 Congress, at the urging of the National Rifle Association, forbade the CDC to advocate or promote gun safety measures. As a result, the CDC eliminated all funding for research on gun violence, and no funding has been provided for more than 20 years. Research can provide information on what measures would be most effective in decreasing gun deaths in the United States.
Institute a waiting period for all gun sales in the US. Any law-abiding citizen should be able to wait for at least one day, or until a complete background check has been completed, before purchasing a gun.

Institute required safety training and exams for all gun owners. Safety training will help to ensure that all gun owners are well versed in the safe and legal operation of the weapons they own.
— https://pathackettforcongress.com/issue/gun-safety/

Rodney Willett (VA H73) Issue Statement

Almost all of us remember where we were when we heard about the Virginia Tech shooting. Too many preventable gun-related tragedies have unfolded in our Commonwealth. Common sense gun safety measures are not a political issue, they’re a public health issue. Establishing universal background checks is a proven way to keep guns away from violent criminals and potential terrorists. Rodney will advocate for legislation that keeps guns from domestic abusers, protecting our families. Rodney will support red flag laws so that those who present an immediate danger to themselves or others can have firearms temporarily removed. Rodney will fight for bipartisan gun safety laws in the House of Delegates. He will not settle for continued inaction.
— https://www.rodwillett.com/platform

Jim Kennedy (FL-08) Issue Statement

As a Veteran, I support the Second Amendment. The right to bear arms is an American right, and should continue to be protected as much as our other rights. But there needs to be rules, same as with Free Speech, you can’t defame someone. Felons chose to live outside the law. Choosing to do so means they chose to give up some rights, in this case firearms. I think we can all agree this makes sense. Under Federal Law 18 U.S.C § 992(d), it is prohibited to ‘sell or dispose of any firearm to someone who has been adjudicated as mentally defective’. When someone has a history of abuse or violence or instability, the law needs to ensure they no longer have access to firearms. The Right to possess firearms should not be removed, but it needs to be regulated. If you want to own firearms, do a background check and get a license from law enforcement. All firearm sales need to be documented and reported.
— http://www.kennedyforflorida.com/issue/gun-laws/#more-3264

Greg Sagan (TX-13), "My Thoughts on the Second Amendment"

Recently I received a survey from the National Rifle Association asking for my views – as a candidate for Congress – on a number of Second Amendment issues. This was my response:

Dear Mr. Ouimet:

I recently received your survey for Federal candidates for public office to find out where they stand on second amendment issues. I must admit that I found the questions in this survey to be rather biased, in some cases markedly so, so instead of answering your survey questions I will outline my position on second amendment rights in summary form.

First, I grew up with guns, and I support the second amendment in principle. I have owned handguns, rifles and/or shotguns for most of my adult life. I currently own two handguns, and I am licensed by the state of Texas to carry them openly, on my person, in public. With only a few exceptions, I carry one of them almost all the time I am outside. In addition, while on active duty with the US Navy (I am a Vietnam veteran) I was on the Navy Match Pistol Team while stationed in Subic Bay, R.P., and I am authorized to wear the Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with silver “E” for “Expert.” So I consider myself a “second amendment” supporter in both words and deeds.

I also believe in certain restrictions to the second amendment. For example, I believe:

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a fully-automatic firearm;

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a silencer;

– That no civilian needs or should be allowed to possess a high capacity magazine – i.e., a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds;

– That no one be allowed to obtain a state or federal license to either own or carry a firearm without a background check, without adequate training, without an adequate mental health evaluation by a licensed professional psychologist or psychiatrist, without appropriate liability insurance, and without a demonstration of proper handling before a certified firearms instructor;

– That no one who has been prosecuted for domestic violence be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no one who has been convicted of a violent crime of any kind be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no one with a diagnosed mental health condition that makes him (or her) a risk to the public be allowed to own a firearm of any kind;

– That no civilian be allowed to own a functioning mortar, rocket launcher or “crew-served” weapon of any kind.

In addition, I believe that each state should be allowed to decide how to license people to carry firearms, whether to recognize reciprocity in firearm licensing with other states, and whether to modify their criminal statutes to address gun ownership and gun violence. I realize that there is a counter argument on the constitutional basis of “full faith and credit” for carrying firearms either openly or concealed, but I also recognize that there are exceptions to this clause (e.g., legalized marijuana) that apply to gun ownership, licensing and carrying.

As far as veterans returning from conflicts with “liberated” weapons, I would allow them to keep such weapons only if they are permanently rendered incapable of “fully automatic” functioning.

This is my position, so grade me as you will.
— Greg Sagan
Source: https://futuretense.blog/2018/01/02/my-tho...

Natalie Cline (WV-01) Issue Statement

As a nation, we have a responsibility to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic abusers, and terrorists. This can be achieved while protecting the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners with common sense policies. I will fight to implement universal background checks and higher penalties on gun trafficking.
— https://www.natalieclineforcongress.com/issues

Carol Iannuzzi (TX-26) Issue Statement

I am a Native Texan and have respect for individuals’ rights to the 2nd Amendment. As a mom, the thought of children in schools or in the interfaith communities not being safe is unacceptable to me.

In Congress, I will work to:

Require criminal background checks on every gun sale: Background checks protect the rights of responsible gun owners and save lives. Loopholes in our current laws allow felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill to avoid background checks by buying guns, often online, from sellers who are not required by federal law to run background checks. Background checks are the best way to ensure folks who are a danger to themselves or others are not able to legally purchase firearms.

Keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and domestic abusers: A woman is five times more likely to die if a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. We must close loopholes that allow abusive dating partners or spouses, and individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking to purchase guns.

Keep weapons of war off our streets. I applaud the swift action by the government of New Zealand that banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines following mass shootings. We can do this here in America!

Support Red Flag laws. An individual deemed a risk to themselves or others should not have access to firearms. Additionally, there are multiple examples of warning signs with individuals who have committed mass shootings. Red flag laws give family members and law enforcement officials the ability to temporarily restrict access to firearms to individuals who are at risk. This bipartisan solution can and will save lives.

Support firearm research: I support appropriately funding the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so it can perform research into mental health issues. We want research to help identify the appropriate policies to aid in the prevention of gun violence.
— https://carol2020.com/#/gun-violence-prevention/

Chris Rowe (TN-01) Issue Statement

Gun laws need to be reformed, no question. That said, I draw the line very clearly at banning semi-automatic weapons. I will support and push legislation which will actually make a change, including but not limited to: expanding background checks to private sales, required mental health screenings, red flag laws, banning violent criminals and domestic abusers from ownership, and similar measures. We don’t need to be banning more firearms from all people, we need to be banning all firearms from some people.

Allen Ellison (FL-17) Issue Statement

No child should be afraid to go to school or walk through neighborhoods. No American should be afraid to go to work or their place of worship and no human being should be afraid to go to a shopping mall or baseball field, nightclub or movie theater, concert or college campus.

A tragedy shouldn’t followed by just thoughts and prayers, it should be follow with comprehensive action toward ending gun violence.

We are not powerless in the fight Allen believes that we can reduce gun violence while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Allen believes we should expand and strengthen background checks for those who want to purchase a firearm – because it shouldn’t be easier to get a gun than a driver’s license. Allen believes we should ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of terrorists (whether they be domestic or foreign), domestic abusers, other violent criminals, or those who have shown signs of danger toward themselves or others.

Allen stands with the students, families, and organizers who are fighting to enact these commonsense policies to keep our communities safe.
— http://ellisonforcongress.com/portfolio/preventing-gun-violence/