State of Iowa Archives: on Gun Control


Jim Gilmore: On NRA board to protect 2nd amendment

I am a board member of the National Rifle Association. The reason is I believe that individuals can be trusted to exercise their rights under the Second Amendment and under the Bill of Rights. To take away people's Second Amendment rights is to redefine the individual in the society, and I'm not going to put up with it.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa Jan 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Do more than reverse gun manufacturer immunity

Q: You say that Senator Sanders took a vote on immunity that you don't like. Should he be tattooed by a single vote and that ruins all future opinions by him on this issue?

CLINTON: I would love to see Senator Sanders join with some of my Senate colleagues that I see in the audience: Let's reverse the immunity.

SANDERS: Let's do more than reverse the immunity.

Q: Was that a mistake, Senator?

SANDERS: Let me hear if there's any difference between the Secretary and myself. I have voted time and again for background checks, and I want to see it improved and expanded. I want to see us do away with the gun show loophole. In 1988, I lost an election because I said we should not have assault weapons on the streets of America. I don't know that there's any disagreement here.

O'MALLEY: Oh, yes there is. I think we do need to repeal that immunity that you granted to the gun industry.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa Nov 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton: Reverse gun manufacturer immunity; let them get sued

Q: You say that Senator Sanders took a vote on immunity that you don't like. So if he can be tattooed by a single vote and that ruins all future opinions by him on this issue, why then isn't he right when he says your wrong vote on Iraq tattoos you forever in your judgment?

CLINTON: I said I made a mistake on Iraq, and I would love to see Senator Sanders join with some of my Senate colleagues in addition the Senate that I see in the audience. Let's reverse the immunity. Let's put the gun makers and sellers on notice that they're not going to get away with it.

SANDERS: Let's do more than reverse the immunity.

Q: Was that a mistake, Senator?

SANDERS: Let me hear if there's any difference between the Secretary and myself. I don't know that there's any disagreement here.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa Nov 14, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Baltimore was safer with my comprehensive gun safety law

Q [to Sen. Sanders]: Would you reverse gun manufacturer immunity that you voted for?

SANDERS: Let's do more than reverse the immunity. I have voted time and again for background checks. I don't know that there's any disagreement here.

O'MALLEY: Oh, yes there is. I think we do need to repeal that immunity that you granted to the gun industry. We have a lot of work to do and we're the only nation on the planet that buries as many of our people from gun violence as we do. SANDERS: I think it's fair to say that Baltimore is not now one of the safest cities in America

O'MALLEY: But it's a lot safer. It's saved a lot of lives along the way, Senator.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa Nov 14, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Time to work together to crack down on gun manufacturers

I firmly believe that the Democratic Party needs to come together and continue the ongoing crack down on gun manufacturers. And I ask that my opponents, Senator Sanders and former Senator Clinton, to stand with me on this issue. We are fighting for something worth saving. The American Dream is worth saving. It is time to stand up. It is time to join the fight. I am in this to win this.
Source: ABC News on 2015 presidential Democratic hopefuls in Iowa Oct 25, 2015

Joni Ernst: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Ernst: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Doug Butzier: Absolute right to gun ownership

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

A: Clearly protected by the Second Amendment, but I do support keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable. We have already proven it is impossible to keep them out of the hands of criminals.

Source: E-mail interview: 2014 Iowa Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Sep 17, 2014

Sam Clovis: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Clovis: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Tom Hoefling: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Hoefling: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Iowa Gubernatorial campaign Jul 2, 2014

Sam Clovis: 2nd Amendment is about liberty, not just gun rights

I am a member of the National Rifle Association, the Hawkeye Rifle and Pistol Club and a holder of a concealed-carry permit. Suffice it to say that I will always support and defend Second Amendment protections. However, protecting the Second Amendment is about much more than gun rights.

Liberty is the second unalienable right mentioned in our Declaration of Independence. Liberty, which is more than freedom, deals with the exercise of free will, the exercise of conscience and actions that protect the soul. The Second Amendment is the complete manifestation of all these factors as we live our lives in America. Liberty must be protected at all costs.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Iowans4SamClovis.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Joni Ernst: Staunch defender of the Second Amendment

Protecting Second Amendment Rights: Joni is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and opposes efforts by the government to infringe upon this fundamental right. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and received an "A" rating from the NRA for her efforts to protect the rights of gun owners as a member of the state senate. Joni holds a concealed carry permit, carries a Smith and Wesson 9mm, and is Army qualified on the 9mm and M16.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" Sep 9, 2013

Bruce Braley: Allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence

Rep. Bruce Braley revealed last week that he would vote to the left of every US Senator on gun regulations. Braley told The Huffington Post that he would have opposed a key plank of the Senate's failed gun control bill--the background checks amendment. But Braley wouldn't have opposed the bill because of Second Amendment concerns; he blasted the measure from the left for maintaining a law barring lawsuits against firearms manufacturers for gun violence (and expanding the protection to private sellers who use background checks).

"The background check amendment as it currently exists, I probably would have opposed--not for the reason most people think, but because it immunizes gun manufacturers, who get the economic benefit of that protection and use it to fund all of the legislative assaults on rational measures to reduce gun violence. And I told that to the Newtown families," he told The Huffington Post at the annual Netroots Nation conference.

Source: The Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jun 13, 2013

Bruce Braley: Ban sale of high-capacity magazines & recall existing ones

Braley, who has an F rating from the NRA, recently floated a recall program for high-capacity magazines. "It's always very difficult to eliminate a product that has been lawfully sold once it's in the marketplace, so one of the things that should be happening is a wide-scale conversation about the impact of all of the factors that influence violence in our society," he said. "One of them is the availability of high-capacity magazines."

Braley suggested a federal recall program similar to the umbrella program used by six federal agencies to alert the American people to hazardous products. "The challenge is whether realistically you can get dangerous products off the marketplace," Braley said. "We have recall programs right now for products that have been identified as creating a risk to consumers. So, one of the things that you can do is look at ways of trying to get those back in through a program that would give incentives for doing that."

Source: The Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jun 13, 2013

Sam Clovis: Reduce gun violence but not by punishing gun manufacturers

Bruce Braley [noted that current gun laws] "immunize gun manufacturers, who get the economic benefit of that protection and use it to fund all of the legislative assaults on rational measures to reduce gun violence." Trial lawyers, the largest block of donors to Braley's campaign, would reap massive legal fees if Braley had his way on gun manufacturer liability,

Sam Clovis responded, "You know Congressman Braley has been in Washington too long when he believes Iowans would support his position that recent assaults on our Second Amendment by the US Senate weren't liberal enough. Our state deserves a Senator who will stand up for the Second Amendment. It is clear Braley wants to advance the left's agenda by raising the specter of liability for gun manufacturers in relation to gun violence. Reducing violence is a goal we all share, but punishing manufacturers, lawful gun dealers and gun owners by infringing on our Second Amendment is not the way to achieve it."

Source: The Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jun 13, 2013

Chet Culver: Reduce barriers to issuing concealed carry permits

A bill requiring sheriffs to issue concealed weapons permits to qualified applicants: Any person who is not disqualified, and who satisfies the training requirements, shall be issued a nonprofessional permit to carry weapons.

Persons are ineligible if: Probable cause exists to believe, based upon documented specific actions of the person, where at least one of the actions occurred within two years, that the person is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or to endanger the person's self or others.

OnTheIssues notes:

Legislative record:Passed House 81-16-3; Passed Senate 38-4-8 March 29, 2010; Governor signed April 29, 2010.

Source: 2010 Iowa legislature voting records for SF 2379 Apr 29, 2010

Rob Hogg: Reduce barriers to issuing concealed carry permits

A bill requiring sheriffs to issue concealed weapons permits to qualified applicants: Any person who is not disqualified, and who satisfies the training requirements, shall be issued a nonprofessional permit to carry weapons.

Persons are ineligible if: Probable cause exists to believe, based upon documented specific actions of the person, where at least one of the actions occurred within two years, that the person is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or to endanger the person's self or others.

OnTheIssues notes:

Legislative record:Passed House 81-16-3; Passed Senate 38-4-8 March 29, 2010; Governor signed April 29, 2010. Sen. Hogg voted YEA.

Source: 2010 Iowa legislature voting records for SF 2379 Mar 29, 2010

Christopher Reed: Individual right to hunting guns and hand guns

Q: What is your position on the second amendment?

A: While in the Navy I was stationed in Virginia Beach. They had a concealed weapons law that law helped lower street and person to person crime, because no one knew who was and who was not carrying a concealed weapon. Thugs and bandits had to decide whether it was worth chancing a robbery. The 2nd amendment means individuals have the right to keep arms. Not just hunting guns but hand guns as well. I am committed to maintaining the 2nd amendment.

Source: The Iowa Brigade, email questionnaire Apr 2, 2008

Jack Hatch: Supports background checks, licensing, and enforcement

Source: 2002 Iowa Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Tom Fiegen: Strengthen enforcement of existing state restrictions

Source: Iowa Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Al Gore: Photo id’s for gun purchase; ban junk guns

Q: What would you do to stop violence in the schools?
A: The one thing that all these incidents have in common is that they involve guns. And that’s why I’ve helped to pass the toughest new gun-control measure in the last generation. I’m now proposing photo-license IDs for the purchase of a new handgun, a ban on assault weapons and Saturday night specials and so-called junk guns, and a policy of zero tolerance in our schools.
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Bill Bradley: Register and license all handguns

Q: What would you do to stop violence in the schools? A: The first step is commonsense gun control. And by that I mean registration and licensing of all handguns in America. If we can do that for automobiles, we ought to be able to do that for handguns.
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Gary Bauer: Churches should discuss souls, not gun resolutions

Q: Here in Iowa the mainline churches have talked about tighter gun control restrictions, calling for a ban on the possession and manufacturing and sale of hand guns. A: The churches should leave to politicians discussions about the regulation of various industries. The churches ought to be talking about the human heart, about the soul of America, and part of the problem is that some so-called mainline churches are passing resolutions about gun control, instead.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Gary Bauer: Promoting virtue would work better than passing gun laws

A President can do something about [gun violence]. He can put judges on the court that understand that our liberty comes from God, that He’s the author of it, and that only a virtuous people remain free and that, ultimately will be a lot more important than passing another gun law.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

George W. Bush: Best gun control is more prosecution & certain jail

Q: You are in favor of some gun controls?
A: I’m in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them like felons & juveniles. I’m for enforcing the laws on the books. In Texas, we’ve armed D.A.’s with extra money to prosecute people who break the law. We need to send a signal to people, don’t be illegally selling guns and don’t be illegally using guns. The best accountability for somebody who breaks the law with a gun is called jail, certain jail.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Prosecute crimes done with guns; not buying guns

Enforcement sends a very strong message. The Administration has been full of pious palaver about doing more about guns. But look what they’ve done: prosecutions for crimes committed with firearms; way down. What message does that send? Felons who try to get guns, they won’t let them buy the gun, but they don’t prosecute them for trying to get the gun. So prosecutions are way down. You bring a gun to a school, and there’s only 1 chance in 1,000 you’re going to be prosecuted. What message does that send?
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

John Kasich: Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton

Although he voted for the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons, Kasich said that lawmakers should have a cooling-off period after high-profile acts of violence before trying to pass new laws. Kasich noted that the two students who killed 13 people and themselves last month in Littleton, Colo., violated 19 existing gun laws. “There were already a bunch of laws,” Kasich said. “The kids didn’t pay attention to the laws. I don’t think new laws will solve all the problems.”
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “Kasich Tours Iowa”, 5/23/99 May 23, 1999

John Kasich: More parenting better than more gun laws

Kasich said that the better response [to the Columbine shootings] may not involve gun control. He said parents could do more to help their children feel safe if they could choose where to send their children to school. He also advocated legislation that would allow businesses to provide more flexible working schedules, a change that he said would give parents more time at home with children. “In most homes, both parents work and nobody has the time to spend with their children anymore,” he said.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “Kasich Tours Iowa”, 5/23/99 May 23, 1999

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