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George Pataki on Gun Control

Republican NY Governor

 


Do a better job of enforcing federal gun laws

First of all, mental health is a critical component. We have to do more to expand mental health counseling, mental health preventative services. The second thing with federal gun laws, is that we need to do a better job of enforcing them. It is illegal to bring a gun across state lines, and yet it happens all the time, and I don't understand why the federal government is not doing far more to prevent that.
Source: TheSkimm.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jul 8, 2015

Signed New York state's strict gun control legislation

As governor of New York, he passed what was at the time described by the New York Times as the strictest gun control legislation in the country. Pataki is unusual among the crowded field of Republican candidates in that he supports gun control laws:

Rick Perry is an NRA supporter and Second Amendment advocate who, as governor of Texas, tried to lure gun manufacturers to the state. Rand Paul is an ardent defender of the Second Amendment. Donald Trump believes guns are necessary for self-defense.

Source: Rolling Stone magazine on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 18, 2015

Ban assault weapons & require trigger locks

On guns, Pataki says states should ban some assault weapons, enact ballistics fingerprinting and place other limits on gun use.

As New York governor, Pataki signed a gun law which banned some assault weapons, required a record of each gun's ballistics, required trigger locks on new guns and raised the legal age of gun purchase from 18 to 21.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 28, 2015

Supports gun control legislation

Pataki has taken positions on gun control legislation more consistent with mainstream Democratic Party principles than Republican Party principles.
Source: CivilLiberty.about.com profile of Pataki , Dec 1, 2006

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