State of Alabama secondary Archives: on Gun Control

Tim Kaine: Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets

Tim Kaine said that he supports measures to restrict the number of bullets that can be fired from a single magazine. "[The proposal by Carolyn McCarthy is the] kind of legislation that I've long supported," Kaine said, of legislation that would limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets, "back from the days when there was an assault weapons ban, before it expired."

"I have long been a supporter of what I think are reasonable regulations, the kind of contemplated, frankly, by the Second Amendment, and I think those and others would be reasonable," Kaine said. "In Virginia we worked in the aftermath of Virginia Tech to do some important things on the databases of folks who have been adjudicated mentally ill and dangerous so that they couldn't purchase guns."

Kaine's backing of McCarthy's measure is not--at least in these times--necessarily surprising. Though he is a prominent supporter of the Second Amendment, other gun rights enthusiasts have said they are open to the idea as well

Source: Huffington Post report on "Political Capital with Al Hunt" Jan 21, 2011

Al Gore: Supported gun rights in 1970s, because his constituents did

Gore opposed additional gun registration laws in 1976, despite having written an editorial at the Tennesseean in which he decried the proliferation of cheap handguns. “It seemed to me he was trying to reposition himself, said his Tennesseean editor. Gore bristled when reporters asked him about his newfound conservatism. ”I believe what I say,“ he protested. Privately, though, he was more candid. An editor recalls, ”Gore said, ‘Look, I’m running in a district where people favor guns, and there’s no way I can win if I take a position that indicates I’m going to take away their guns. It’s as simple as that.’“

Local gun owners were no exactly sold on their new best friend Al Gore. Their instincts were right. As a senator in 1990 he would support an unsuccessful attempt to ban assault-style weapons. A year later he voted for the Brady Bill, which required a 5-day waiting period and police background check for handgun purchases.

Source: Inventing Al Gore, p.119 Mar 3, 2000

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