State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Charlie Baker: Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns

Q: Do you own a gun?

A: I do not own a gun. Never needed to.

Q: Would you sign the new gun bill that the governor is going to sign today?

A: I had three wish-list items when the gun debate began. (1) that Massachusetts would connect on its background process to the mental health registry. (2) that we would enhance the penalties for crimes committed with a gun. And (3) that we would finally get serious about dealing with illegal gun trafficking. By the way, the pepper spray bit is in there too, and I support that. So I'm actually glad that we finally dealt with what I consider to be 3 of the major issues that we all face.

Q: People are concerned about the piece of the gun bill that allows police chiefs to control who can get a shotgun.

A: I actually think what they came up was actually a pretty artistic idea, which is they basically put the burden of proof on the police chief to make the case to a court that there was reason to deny someone access to a long arm permit. (WBUR)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.215, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Aug 13, 2014

Brian Herr: People have a right to defend themselves and their property

On gun control, Herr said people have a right to defend themselves and their property. But, he said, "When the Second Amendment was written 200 years ago, the weapons available today were not dreamed of." Herr would support banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. But he said Congress can explore other options--for example, allowing people to shoot assault weapons at a club or shooting range, where it can be done in a controlled environment.
Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Jan 30, 2014

Charlie Baker: Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy

JIM BRAUDE: "Deval Patrick filed a bill at the legislature that has gone nowhere repeatedly that would limit the number of guns you can purchase to one a month. Would you support that?"

BAKER: "You had Democratic Representative William Strauss on your show a couple of nights ago; he didn't call it a gimmick per se, but he said he didn't think it was a solution. And I actually think he is right on that."

BRAUDE: "Would you oppose that?"

BAKER: "Yeah, I don't think that solves that problem. If you want to solve that problem we should talk about expanding our background checks, which is part of what the legislature plans to debate with respect to guns. I mean, obviously, we really have to find a way to get this mental health issue dealt with, background check process, I think we have to make sure anyone with a mental health record cannot get access to a gun in Massachusetts.

Source: Mass IEPAC p. 31, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Sep 25, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: Start with expanded background check tied to mental health

Q: You say you are for expanded background check, but perhaps the issue that Markey has hit you hardest on is gun control.

[VIDEO CLIP] MARKEY: My opponent opposes an assault weapon ban. My opponent opposes a ban on high capacity magazines that attach to those assault weapons that turn them into weapons of war.[END VIDEO]

Q: So that's his point. Yes, you may be for the expanded background check, but you are against the assault weapons ban, and the high capacity magazine ban.

GOMEZ: This is an example of Congressman Markey not knowing how to solve the problem. In order to need to solve the problem, we need to ban all weapons from the wrong people. That's what's going to make our communities, our schools and our kids safer. In order to do that, we have to pass the expanded background check and tie it to mental health.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013, on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Jun 23, 2013

Mike Lee: Expanded background check first, not assault weapon ban

Q: You are for an expanded background check, but perhaps the issue that Markey has hit you hardest on is gun control.

(VIDEO CLIP) MARKEY: My opponent opposes an assault weapon ban. My opponent opposes a ban on high capacity magazines that attach to those assault weapons that turn them into weapons of war.

GOMEZ: This is an example of Congressman Markey not knowing how to solve the problem. In order to need to solve the problem, we need to ban all weapons from the wrong people. That's what's going to make our communities, our schools and our kids safer. In order to do that, we have to pass the expanded background check and ties to mental health. He's never had a history of reaching across the aisle. I can go down there with the credibility to get more Republicans and conservative Democrats to pass this bill. That's how we're going to get our communities, our schools and our kids safer. That's the problem we need to solve.

Source: Fox News Sunday on 2013 Massachusetts Senate debate Jun 23, 2013

Charlie Baker: Supports tough gun control laws

Baker and Tisei are arguably among the most radical Republican party-endorsed Governor or Lt. Governor candidates ever in Massachusetts. How bad are they? Off the charts. In any other state they would be left-wing Democrats.
Source: MassResistance.org on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race Aug 4, 2010

Carla Howell: Free gun ownership by peaceful citizens without exception

Q: What should be done in terms of guns and gun control?

A: Libertarians always put the Second Amendment first. The Constitution gives the federal government no authority to interfere with the private ownership of guns. Gun control is gun prohibition. I support the Constitution. I will vote for the free ownership of guns by peaceful, law-abiding citizens without exception, every time.

Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

Carla Howell: 22,000 anti-gun laws havenít worked-repeal them

Q: What about gun registration and waiting periods? Is there any middle ground for you on guns?

A: There are 22,000 anti-gun laws on the books in America. We need to repeal these laws and make America freer and safer. There is no justification for these unconstitutional regulations. They donít help anything. They make things worse. They let government infringe on personal liberty and property ownership.

Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

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