Jared Polis on Gun Control
Strengthen penalties for black-market gun sales
Black-market gun sales are enabling violent criminals and gangs to purchase firearms without background checks. The root of this issue is gun theft. In 2015 and 2016 alone, smash-and-grab gun store robberies resulted in nearly 400 guns being stolen in
Colorado. We should work to equip gun shops with strong security measures like closed-circuit cameras, discrete signage, and reinforced windows, which are already required of marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. We can also look to the example of
Richmond, Va., who have strengthened penalties for illegal gun sales--and seen armed robberies and gun homicides drop substantially as a result.
I've encountered few issues as polarizing as our nation's deadly gun violence epidemic. It shouldn't be
this way. Like most Coloradans, I support our Second Amendment right to use guns for defense and sport. And like most Coloradans, I think we should take action to reduce gun violence and help save lives. Nothing about these views is incompatible.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website PolisForColorado.com
, Jul 4, 2018
Ban military-style weapons; plus CDC studies gun violence
[In the wake of the deadly Parkland school shooting]: "This is a case where the public interest in safety needs to win out over special interest politics," he said.
Polis said common-sense measures are needed including the banning of military-style
weapons, not allowing access to guns to those who have temporary restraining orders and allow for the Centers for Disease Control and others to conduct gun violence research. He added that saying there's no easy solution is not an excuse for inaction.
Source: The Coloradoan on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial debate
, Mar 3, 2018
Supports gun-control legislation
Q: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Source: Colorado Vote Smart 2016 Political Courage Test
, Nov 1, 2016
Banning weapons violates the Second Amendment
Rep. Jared Polis says he thinks banning weapons possessed by law-abiding people violates the Second Amendment: "I believe it would make it harder for Colorado families to defend themselves and also interfere with the recreational use of guns by law-
abiding Coloradans," Polis said. "If we want to reduce violence, we should invest in improving our schools to ensure that young people have jobs and do not turn to gangs, crime or violence of any form, and improving access to mental health services."
Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race
, Jan 24, 2013
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