State of Alabama Archives: on Gun Control

Marcus Bowman: Right to keep guns shall not be infringed

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Absolute right to gun ownership"

A: Strongly support the right to keep and bear guns, and arms. And that right shall not be infringed.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Absolute right to gun ownership, with exceptions

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Agree. That does not exclude background checks, and does not include criminals, suspected terrorists, or those suffering from mental illness.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Christopher Countryman: Favors greater ability to track gun purchases

According to Countryman's website, he supports increased funding for math and science in K-12 as well as incentivizing teachers and administrators whose students and schools perform well. He said he supports second amendment rights, but also favors greater ability to track gun purchases.
Source: Dothan Eagle on 2018 Alabama gubernatorial race Sep 21, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Strict interpretation of the Second Amendment

Many factors determine where you stand on an issue. My first question with any issue is what does the constitution have say. In the case of guns, the second amendment is clear, `the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.`

A strict interpretation of this amendment would prevent the government from lawfully passing any legislation or issuing any executive order limiting the rights of gun owners. I support this interpretation of our constitution and I will always vote to support private gun ownership.

Furthermore, it does not make sense for us to violate these rights of gun owners when it will only create an illegal market for existing guns and accessories. A legal market for firearms is far superior to an illegal one. The right to self-protection is supreme. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens benefits criminals and jeopardizes that right.

Source: 2016 Alabama Senate campaign website, Aug 7, 2015

Kay Ivey: Do everything we can to preserve right to bear arms

In light of recent attempts from the federal government to chip away at our constitutional right to bear arms, Alabama Republicans are doing everything we can at the state level to preserve these rights.

As a lifetime NRA member, Lt. Governor Ivey understands that many Alabamians cherish their right to own and use a firearm. Recent 5-to-4 opinions of the Supreme Court have threatened the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment, but have ultimately upheld the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms. [In case the Court changes], our state constitution should, as strongly as possible, protect the right of every Alabamian to keep and bear arms. With this amendment, Alabama's 1901 Constitution will contain the strongest gun protection provisions in the country. If ratified, this amendment would require future courts to use strict judicial scrutiny in evaluating state laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

Source: 2014 Alabama Lt. Governor campaign website Oct 30, 2014

Gary Palmer: Right to protect self and family

The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution for a reason. Every American has a fundamental right to protect themselves and their family.
Source: 2014 AL-6 House campaign website, Sep 30, 2014

Robert Bentley: Freedoms are guaranteed in the Second Amendment

When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alabama. I am, and have always been, a strong supporter of the Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded. I believe we are endowed with certain Freedoms by our Creator, and that the Constitution serves to Protect those Freedoms. Freedoms such as those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. The 10th Amendment, which guarantees those powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the people. It is the people who give power to the States. And let us be reminded that as our country was being established, the States created the Federal Government, not the other way around."
Source: 2014 Alabama Gubernatorial website, Sep 1, 2014

Gary Palmer: Repeal unconstitutional gun restrictions

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 Alabama Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Robert Bentley: Respond to active shooters but guarantee Second Amendment

I believe we are endowed with certain freedoms by our Creator, and that the Constitution serves to protect those freedoms. Freedoms such as those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.

We also will make sure our teachers--and students--are safe and protected. The events in Connecticut of last December are a grave reminder that protecting our schools, and ensuring the safety of our students, our teachers & our bus drivers should always be a top priority.

I've asked to develop a strategic plan for preventing and responding to incidents of active shooters. Through use of training, technology through Virtual Alabama and public engagement, we hope to prevent tragedies from happening. A Homeland Security hotline is now posted on the Governor's Office website. Anyone can call that number and report suspicious activity. Calls are anonymous and are connected to the state's intelligence and information sharing operation.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

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