George Allen on Gun Control
Republican Senate Challenger
Instant criminal records check on all gun purchases
When I was a member of the General Assembly, it was my amendment that said that when anybody is buying a firearm that--regardless of the firearm--there will be an instant
criminal records check. And I do believe those criminal records checks, including mental disorders or drug abuse, are indicated in any firearm purchases.
Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate
, Jul 22, 2012
Endorsed by NRA for record of defending Second Amendment
The NRA endorsed Allen for the U.S. Senate citing his "stellar record of defending the Second Amendment" and protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms.
The NRA is America's leading organization promoting gun safety education and the
Second Amendment with more than 70,000 current members nationwide. Allen said he is pleased with the endorsement. "It's a most significant honor to receive the important endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a great
American organization with so many patriotic, active members throughout Virginia. The NRA supports law enforcement professionals, gun safety education and stands strong for our foundational Second Amendment rights.
I have always been proud to support the natural rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their families and themselves. "In the U.S. Senate I will remain committed to defending our rights enshrined in our Constitution," said George Allen.
Source: Richmond Republican Examiner on 2012 Virginia Senate debate
, May 11, 2012
Allow concealed carry in National Parks
George Allen has been a leader for more than three decades in defending our Second Amendment rights. As Senator, George Allen:
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.georgeallen.com, "Issues"
, Jul 22, 2011
- voted against the renewal of the "Assault Weapons Ban."
- was the original sponsor of S. 1082, the District of Columbi
Personal Protection Act to repeal the unconstitutional D.C. gun ban.
- supported the amendment to the FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to prohibit the confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens during a natural disaster or emergency
- was a cosponsor of the "Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003," which allows law enforcement officers, including retired officers, to be able to exercise their State residency right-to-carry permits outside their home State.
- participated in efforts to rein in the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco for abuses similar to those that recently took place in Mexico.
- introduced legislation to allow concealed carry in National Parks.
Opposes absolute right to gun ownership
Allen AGREES with the following statements:
Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test
, Sep 20, 2000
- Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
- Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others. Voting YES would:
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act;
Bill S 397
; vote number 2005-219
on Jul 29, 2005
- Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime
- Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect
- Call for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought
- Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations
- Require all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices
Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.
Vote to pass a bill that would block certain civil lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors, dealers and importers of firearms and ammunition, mainly those lawsuits aimed at making them liable for gun violence. In this bill, trade groups would also be protected The bill would call for the dismissal of pending lawsuits against the gun industry. The exception would be lawsuits regarding a defect in a weapon or ammunition. It also would provide a 10-year reauthorization of the assault weapons ban which is set to expire in September 2004. The bill would increase the penalties for gun-related violent or drug trafficking crimes which have not resulted in death, to a minimum of 15 years imprisonment. The bill calls for criminal background checks on all firearm transactions at gun shows where at least 75 guns are sold. Exemptions would be made available for dealers selling guns from their homes as well as members-only gun swaps and meets carried out by nonprofit hunting clubs.
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act;
; vote number 2004-30
on Mar 2, 2004
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