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Charlie Baker on Gun Control
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tom Menino on Gun Control
Mayor of Boston: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
  • 2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors. (Nov 2011)
Deval Patrick on Gun Control
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • More gun safety measures to help stop tragedies. (Jan 2013)
  • Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks. (Nov 2006)
Dan Wolf on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

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Mo Cowan on Gun Control
Democratic Appointee: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Feb 2013)
Gabriel Gomez on Gun Control
Republican Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
  • A lot of people in the GOP are wrong on gun control. (Jun 2013)
  • I oppose the NRA on expanded background checks. (Jun 2013)
  • In favor of closing the gun-show loophole. (May 2013)
  • Tie gun sales to mental health checks. (Apr 2013)
  • I am a strong Second Amendment supporter. (Mar 2013)
John Kerry on Gun Control
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • Country less safe-terrorists can now buy assault weapons. (Oct 2004)
  • Supports 2nd Amendment, but wants to ban assault weapons. (Sep 2004)
  • Gun owner & hunter, but rights come with responsibility. (Mar 2004)
  • Democratic Party shouldn’t be for the NRA. (Nov 2003)
  • Supports assault weapons ban & Brady Bill. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
Ed Markey on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Expand background checks; ban assault weapons; fight NRA. (Jun 2013)
  • Fight the NRA for broader gun control measures. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
Elizabeth Warren on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Extend the federal assault weapons ban. (Jul 2012)
  • Supports gun control. (Aug 2011)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Supports restricting the Second Amendment. (Oct 2012)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)

House:


Michael Capuano on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
Katherine Clark on Gun Control
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
  • Ban assault weapons; implement universal background checks. (Oct 2013)
Bill Keating on Gun Control
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
  • Supports restricting gun purchase & possession. (Nov 2010)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Gun Control
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • Keep assault weapons ban; end gun-show loophole. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports restrictions on gun purchases. (Sep 2012)
Jim McGovern on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
Richard Neal on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Tierney on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Feb 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Niki Tsongas on Gun Control
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Niki Tsongas on other issues.
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Bob Massie on Gun Control
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Setti Warren on Gun Control
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barney Frank on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
Steve Lynch on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Voted against assault weapons ban. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports some gun rights, some gun control. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated C- by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Feb 2013)
Ed Markey on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Expand background checks; ban assault weapons; fight NRA. (Jun 2013)
  • Fight the NRA for broader gun control measures. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
John Olver on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Olver on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Tom Birmingham on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
  • Ban assault weapons; more licensing & penalties. (Nov 2001)
Paul Celucci on Gun Control
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris Gabrieli on Gun Control
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steve Grossman on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kerry Healey on Gun Control
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Carla Howell on Gun Control
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
  • Guns let single moms protect themselves. (Sep 2000)
  • Puts the Second Amendment first, with no exceptions. (Sep 2000)
  • Gun control is an abuse of government power. (Sep 2000)
  • Repeal all federal gun laws; no exceptions. (Sep 2000)
  • Small government: Repeal anti-gun laws now. (Apr 2000)
  • Free gun ownership by peaceful citizens without exception. (Jan 2000)
  • 22,000 anti-gun laws haven’t worked-repeal them. (Jan 2000)
Christy Mihos on Gun Control
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
  • Firm believer in Second Amendment rights. (Jul 2006)
Shannon O'Brien on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
  • Increase penalties for felon handgun possession. (Sep 2002)
  • Increase gun safety regulations but maintain hunters’ rights. (Sep 2002)
  • Proud of strong MA gun control laws. (Feb 2002)
Robert Reich on Gun Control
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Limit handgun sales to one per month. (Sep 2002)
  • If I had my way, I’d restrict handguns. (Jan 2000)
Tom Reilly on Gun Control
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mitt Romney on Gun Control
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • No new gun legislation; enforce the existing laws. (Oct 2012)
  • Fully investigate "Fast and Furious" program. (Oct 2012)
  • Newt Gingrich's gun, crime & drug issues compared to Mitt's. (Feb 2012)
  • 1994: backed 5-day waiting period on gun sales. (Jan 2012)
  • Find common ground with pro-gun & anti-gun groups. (Jan 2012)
  • 2002: I will not chip away at MA's tough gun laws. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: "Lifelong" devotion to hunting meant "small varmints". (Jan 2010)
  • 2002: My positions won't make me the hero of the NRA. (Nov 2008)
  • GovWatch: 1994: did not “line up with the NRA”. (Feb 2008)
  • Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police. (Dec 2007)
  • Compromise MA gun bills were net gain for gun owner. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban. (May 2007)
  • Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill. (Aug 1994)
Grace Ross on Gun Control
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jane Swift on Gun Control
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Warren Tolman on Gun Control
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
  • Ban on ownership of assault weapons. (Nov 2001)
Bill Weld on Gun Control
Former Republican Governor (1991-1997): Click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Blute on Gun Control
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kenneth Chase on Gun Control
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
  • Not taking position on gun control issues. (Sep 2006)
Joe Kennedy on Gun Control
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marty Meehan on Gun Control
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Moakley on Gun Control
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Peter Torkildsen on Gun Control
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jeff Beatty on Gun Control
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
  • Supports the Second Amendment. (May 2008)
Michael Capuano on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
Bill Delahunt on Gun Control
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ted Kennedy on Gun Control
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
Paul Kirk on Gun Control
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Gun Control
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
  • Supports the right to own a gun. (Feb 2006)
Ed O`Reilly on Gun Control
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
  • 2nd Amendment is about militias, not about individual rights. (May 2007)
Jim Ogonowski on Gun Control
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Stephen Pagliuca on Gun Control
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Gun control works in Europe and England. (Nov 2009)
Jack Robinson on Gun Control
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
Kevin Scott on Gun Control
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
  • Supports gun ownership. (Jan 2006)
Bob Underwood on Gun Control
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • Average Americans are best defense against tyranny. (Aug 2008)
Martha Coakley on Gun Control
Democratic Senate Nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Anti-gun rights. (Oct 2009)
Joe L. Kennedy on Gun Control
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
  • Rather than banning guns, encourage gun education. (Dec 2009)
Alan Khazei on Gun Control
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
  • Ban assault weapons; strengthen background checks. (Nov 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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