Jimmy Carter on Gun Control

President of the U.S., 1977-1981


Ban semiautomatic assault weapons; they're only for killing

A disturbing change in government policy has involved the firearms industry. Supported by succeeding Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, legislation was passed by Congress in 1994 that for 10 years prohibited the manufacture, transfer, & possession of 19 specific semiautomatic assault weapons, including AK-47s & AR-15s. None of these are used for hunting--only for killing other humans.

But many of us who participate in outdoor sports are dismayed by some of the more extreme policies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and by the timidity of public officials who yield to their unreasonable demands. Heavily influenced and supported by the firearms industry, their primary client, the NRA, has been able to mislead many gullible people into believing that our weapons are going to be taken away from us, and that homeowners will be deprived of the right to protect ourselves and our families. There are no real threats to our "right to bear arms," as guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Source: Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter, p. 11-12 , Sep 26, 2006

Register handguns; ban cheap guns; add waiting period

Carter thinks that the best way to reduce crime is to reduce unemployment. He favors registration of handguns, "a ban of the sale of cheap handguns, reasonable licensing provisions, including a waiting period and prohibition of ownership by anyone convicted of a crime involving a gun and by those not mentally competent." Nevertheless, he has not mentioned any registration for rifles and shotguns.
Source: Jimmy Who?, by Leslie Wheeler, p.185 , Jan 1, 1976

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