John Ashcroft on Gun Control

Tough penalties for gun crimes, but allow concealed carry

Ashcroft supports tough penalties for violators of federal firearms laws. He proposed banning juvenile possession of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, but has supported measures allowing Missourians to carry concealed weapons.
Source:, “An Ashcroft Justice Department” Dec 23, 2000

Voted NO on background checks at gun shows.

Require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)50; N)50
Reference: Lautenberg Amdt #362; Bill S. 254 ; vote number 1999-134 on May 20, 1999

Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations.

The Hatch amdt would increase mandatory penalties for the illegal transfer or use of firearms, fund additional drug case prosecutors, and require background check on purchasers at gun shows. [A YES vote supports stricter penalties].
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)48; N)47; NV)5
Reference: Hatch Amendment #344; Bill S. 254 ; vote number 1999-118 on May 14, 1999

Voted YES on requiring licensing & background checks at gun shows.

Vote to table or kill a motion to require that all gun sales at gun shows be completed by federally licensed gun dealers. The amendment also requires background checks to be completed on buyers and requires gun show promoters to register with the Treasur
Bill S.254 ; vote number 1999-111 on May 11, 1999

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