Charlie Baker on Gun Control
Federal assault weapons ban hasn't solved the problem
Baker refuses to back a federal assault weapons ban, claiming he needs to see some evidence:
PARAPHRASE (NECN, 1/31/2013): In response to a question about whether or not he was in favor of the federal assault weapons ban, Charlie Baker said "We've had
it since 1998, and gun crime has gone up since then by a lot. If I thought it would solve the problem, I'd be all for it. I want to see the evidence." When pressed with, "So you are not in favor of a federal assault weapons ban?" Baker said, "I would
like to see the evidence."
COMPARE 2010 (WRKO-AM, 10/3/2010): I'm a Second Amendment fan. Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and I do not think the answer to a lot of our problems are more gun laws. The real issue
should be enforcing the laws we have and making sure that people are who are using guns illegally, who are using unregistered guns, who are using guns in the commission of a crime, those are the people we ought to be focusing our time and attention on."
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 31
, Sep 1, 2014
Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns
Q: Do you own a gun?
A: I do not own a gun. Never needed to.
Q: Would you sign the new gun bill that the governor is going to sign today?
A: I had three wish-list items when the gun debate began. (1) that Massachusetts would connect on its
background process to the mental health registry. (2) that we would enhance the penalties for crimes committed with a gun. And (3) that we would finally get serious about dealing with illegal gun trafficking. By the way, the pepper spray bit is in there
too, and I support that. So I'm actually glad that we finally dealt with what I consider to be 3 of the major issues that we all face.
Q: People are concerned about the piece of the gun bill that allows police chiefs to control who can get a shotgun.
A: I actually think what they came up was actually a pretty artistic idea, which is they basically put the burden of proof on the police chief to make the case to a court that there was reason to deny someone access to a long arm permit. (WBUR)
Source: Mass IEPAC p.215, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate
, Aug 13, 2014
Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy
JIM BRAUDE: "Deval Patrick filed a bill at the legislature that has gone nowhere repeatedly that would limit the number of guns you can purchase to one a month. Would you support that?"
BAKER: "You had Democratic Representative William Strauss on your
show a couple of nights ago; he didn't call it a gimmick per se, but he said he didn't think it was a solution. And I actually think he is right on that."
BRAUDE: "Would you oppose that?"
BAKER: "Yeah, I don't think that solves that problem.
If you want to solve that problem we should talk about expanding our background checks, which is part of what the legislature plans to debate with respect to guns. I mean, obviously, we really have to find a way to get this mental health issue
dealt with, background check process, I think we have to make sure anyone with a mental health record cannot get access to a gun in Massachusetts.
Source: Mass IEPAC p. 31, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate
, Sep 25, 2013
Supports tough gun control laws
Baker and Tisei are arguably among the most radical Republican party-endorsed Governor or Lt. Governor candidates ever in Massachusetts. How bad are they? Off the charts. In any other state they would be left-wing Democrats.
candidate for Governor:
Source: MassResistance.org on 2014 Massachusetts Governor's race
, Aug 4, 2010
- Left of Obama! Told the Boston Globe that he is "to the left of Obama" on social issues.
- Gun control: Has stated that he supports tough gun control laws.
Supports expanded gambling in Massachusetts.
- Big Dig boondoggle
- Baker was Gov. Bill Weld's budget chief during the expansion of the "Big Dig"--the most expensive public works project in history.
- Prop 2-1/2 override
Supported Prop 2-1/2 property tax override in his town, and was major donor for override effort.
- Quinn Bill
- Supports the Quinn Bill, a gift by the Legislature to the police unions, seen as a fiscal money pit by many conservatives.
States for Gun Safety: fill void left by no Federal policy.
Baker signed Press release on Gun Safety from 7 Governors
Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico are joining the "States for Gun Safety" coalition--a multi-state partnership launched this month to combat the gun violence epidemic. With the addition of these new members, the coalition of states now represents over 35 million Americans and will take action to stop gun-related violence in the face of continued federal inaction.
Governor Cuomo (D-NY) said, "It's time for the horrifying mass shootings that have plagued this country for far too long to spur real action and real policy changes. Our states collectively already have better gun safety laws than the federal government, and by working together to share information and bolster enforcement, we will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and better protect our communities. If the federal government refuses to act, we will work together to enact the important reforms families deserve, and I welcome these new states to our coalition."
The three new states will join NY, CT, NJ, and RI in directing their law enforcement intelligence centers to work cooperatively to trace the use of out-of-state guns in crimes and share information in order to intercept criminals transporting illegal guns across state borders.
Additionally, the partner states will also work together to designate an institute of higher education to join the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, to fill the void left by the federal government's 1996 ban on the use of federal funds to study gun violence which has obstructed research efforts across the nation.
Building on these efforts, the states will also work to push the federal government to adopt common-sense gun safety measures. In order to protect families and communities across the region, the group will call on the federal government to swiftly enact universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and a federal waiting period between the purchase and delivery of guns.
Source: Press release on Gun Safety from 7 Governors 18LTR-SGS on Feb 26, 2018
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