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Bob Casey on Gun Control

Democratic Sr Senator (PA)

 


Expanded background checks; ban on bump stocks

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Lou Barletta (R): No, except for bump stocks.

Bob Casey (D): Yes. Position has shifted. Now supports expanded background checks, ban on bump stocks, & other restrictions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Strong supporter of the second amendment

Casey opposes gun-control laws, including the 10-year ban on 19 types of assault weapons that expired in 2004. He vowed to aggressively court sportsmenís support by emphasizing his character, his long support for gun ownersí rights and his record in state government. ďIíve been a strong supporter of the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Thatís evidenced not just by what Iíve said but the support Iíve gotten over the last decade from sportsmenís groups, including the NRA,Ē Casey said.
Source: Brett Lieberman, The Patriot News , Feb 21, 2006

Opposes Increased Regulation on Firearm Ownership

Opposes increased regulation on firearm ownership
Source: Lancaster County Action 2004 Voter Guide Questionnaire , Nov 2, 2004

Opposes restricting the Second Amendment.

Casey opposes the CC Voters Guide question on the Second Amendment

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q10 on Oct 31, 2012

Ban large-capacity ammunition.

Casey co-sponsored Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

Source: H.R.138&S.33 13-S0033 on Jan 22, 2013

Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers.

Casey co-sponsored Background Check Expansion Act

H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act: This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals). Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to gifts between spouses in good faith.

Heritage Action opinion to vote NO (Feb. 26, 2019): This legislation would require universal background checks for all firearm sales (even private). Unfortunately, universal background checks would do little to prevent firearm violence and would instead make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, carry, and use a firearm. Studies show that universal background checks are largely ineffective when it comes to preventing mass shootings. In 19 of the most recent high-profile cases, the shooters bought their firearms legally and passed all the required background checks.

White House Statement (Biden`s opinion to vote YES): Gun violence is a public health crisis. Every day, gun violence--community violence, domestic violence, suicides, and mass shootings--takes American lives and forever alters many more. Last year, we saw record levels of homicides in cities throughout our country. The Federal gun background check system is a proven tool to reduce gun violence and save lives. This system, called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has kept millions of guns out of potentially dangerous hands. The Administration encourages closing existing loopholes in this system [such as private transfers in H.R. 8].

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 227-203-1 on 03/11/2021 (rollcall #75); introduced in Senate with 36 co-sponsors; no further Senate action during 2021.

Source: S.529/H.R.8 21-S529 on Mar 1, 2021

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