Shannon O'Brien on Gun Control

Former State Treasurer; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Increase penalties for felon handgun possession

In the 1990s, gun violence was reduced in Massachusetts, in part due to successful prosecutions under tough, federal gun laws. Massachusetts should toughen its felon-in-possession law. O'Brien will work to increase the penalty for possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of committing a felony. She proposes to increase the penalty to a 5- year minimum prison sentence, demonstrating that Massachusetts is serious about keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons.
Source: Campaign website, www.ObrienGabrieli.com, "Crime Plan" Sep 17, 2002

Increase gun safety regulations but maintain hunters' rights

O'Brien supports gun control laws that ensure the public's safety, including gun licensing and registration requirements, background checks on purchasers & mandating locked storage of guns or installation of trigger locks. As a legislator, she supported the assault weapons ban in Boston & started legislation to ensure that local police are notified of convictions so they may revoke any firearms permits held by felons. She supports the rights of hunters and sportsmen to legally own and use their guns.
Source: Campaign website, www.ObrienGabrieli.com "Gun Control" Sep 17, 2002

Proud of strong MA gun control laws

Shannon is a strong advocate of gun control. During her time in the Legislature, she supported the assault weapons ban in Boston and filed legislation to ensure that local law enforcement officials are notified of convictions so they may revoke any firearms permits held by felons. Shannon supports the gun law legislation passed in Massachusetts, giving the state the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issue Briefs" Feb 16, 2002

Other governors on Gun Control: Shannon O'Brien on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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