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.

Eddie Mauro (IA-Sen) Tweet

Jeremiah Landin (TX-31) Facebook Post

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Erica Smith (NC-Sen) Issue Statement

In my first 100 days as North Carolina’s next U.S. Senator – I commit to file and advance common sense gun control legislation that includes the following provisions:

1. Universal background checks, including components of existing federal proposals with 10-day waiting period for responses;

2. A ban on assault rifles and bump stocks;

3. Closing gun show / retail to owner transfers / owner to owner transfers;

4. Red flag limitations providing access for loved ones and family members to petition to remove firearms from gun owners during periods of incapacitation;

5. Increased funding and resources for a public service campaign for all public buildings, including schools and universities, to advance awareness and embodiment of the Sandy Hook Promise program;

6. Resources and public safety programs for increasing manpower, surveillance/intelligence on domestic terrorism including increased cybercrime monitoring, tracking of manifestos, white nationalist organizations and their members; and

7. Criminal justice reforms as it relates to prosecution and sentencing of domestic terrorists and serial killers. This reform should ensure that punishment is commensurate with the crime by including capital punishment in sentencing discussions.

When we have had more mass shootings than days in the year, everything must be on the table for discussion. I am done with inaction. I am not waiting for another shooting before demanding that the NCGA leadership debate and calendar votes for House Bill 86 and Senate Bill 565. I am further writing Senator Burr and my opponent, Senator Tillis, to call for a Chamber vote on HR 8 and HR 1112.

We have to act. Children are dying and the tears of mothers are met with inaction and political gamesmanship by Thom Tillis, Mitch McConnell and the like. I will work to make this country safer and you will always know where I stand as your U.S. Senator.

Stan Scott (VA Sen-04) Issue Statement

Virginians have a right to enjoy public spaces, especially schools and churches, without fear of attack by someone with a firearm.

I propose specific policies to address this problem:

Require comprehensive background checks and 10-day waiting periods for all gun transfers, including transfers between friends and family members.

End firearm transfers at gun shows and require purchasers to appear in person at an established dealer to take possession of a firearm.

Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon or magazine that permits firing more than 10 rounds without reloading.

Prohibit sale and possession of any weapon with a maximum effective range over 200 meters without registration with and permit from the City Police or County Sheriff.

Prohibit the carry of loaded firearms in public places, whether open or concealed.

Limit firearm purchases to 3 in any 30-day period.

Hold firearm owners criminally and civilly liable for misuse of their weapons whether intentional or accidental.

Government at all levels exists in large part to protect public safety, and we know one thing for sure: more guns – especially more powerful guns – mean more gun violence and needless death. More guns don’t save more lives. More guns lead to more suicide, homicide, and tragic accidents.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner (OR-02) Issue Statement

Jamie supports the second amendment of the Constitution and recognizes that a large percentage of CD-2 citizens own guns for hunting, recreational shooting, and for their own safety. She supports gun ownership for these uses and purposes. Jamie is appalled at the increase in shooting deaths in the US, particularly in schools, and calls on Congress to immediately establish basic federal standards for gun safety. Jamie supports a sufficient waiting period before gun sales can be finalized; background checks for all guns sold in stores, at gun shows and online to be sure purchasers are legally eligible to buy guns. Jamie believes that the civilian use of military style assault weapons should be seriously constrained, and bump stocks, like the one used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas, should be eliminated or at least limited to safe settings such as firing ranges.

Ellen Burnes (CO-Sen) Facebook Post

23% of Coloradoans are too young to vote. They still have a voice and they are saying no to gun violence. As party chair, I invited our Students Demand Action to speak at our County Assembly of over 785 people.

Our kids’ safety matters. School safety matters. Community safety matters.

I support expanded background checks, eliminating loopholes, longer waiting periods, red flag laws and believe that military-style weapons should not be in citizens’ hands.
— Ellen Burnes

Diana Bray (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

While some states are already taking strides in passing common sense gun safety laws, we need to address the gun violence problem at the federal level. Half of the states with waiting periods have a 10 day or longer waiting period, and all of the states with waiting periods have seen significant reductions in gun-related deaths. Here’s what I’m advocating for:

Federal Universal Background Checks

Closing the Gun Show Loophole for private-party gun purchases

Federally mandated safety and maintenance training certification and licensure

Federally mandated Ten Day Waiting Period

Institute Federal Red Flag Laws

Rescind the Dickey Amendment which prevents the CDC from engaging in gun specific research and gun law advocacy

Prevent gun sales to individuals who are convicted of domestic abuse or stalking

Federally ban weapon modifications that make semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic firearms

Regulate the production and distribution of ghost guns

Ban military-grade assault weapons