Terry McAuliffe on Gun Control

Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair


Fight for common sense solutions to preventing gun violence

Virginia took critical steps during the 2020 legislative session and passed a number of life-saving bills, but much work remains to be done. We have to continue fighting until we require background checks on every gun transfer or rental, assault weapons are no longer allowed on our streets, and people across the Commonwealth no longer live in fear about the daily gun violence in their communities. Terry will continue to fight for common sense solutions to preventing gun violence.
Source: 2021 Virginia governor campaign website Terry McAuliffe.com , Dec 22, 2020

Supports universal background checks

Yesterday, Governor-elect Northam and I stood together and outlined several pieces of legislation that we hope the new General Assembly will pass this year. They include:
Source: 2018 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 10, 2018

Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers

Last year we worked together on a historic bipartisan package to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and people who cannot pass background checks. The legislation we passed included the first meaningful restrictions on dangerous gun ownership in a generation, and showed the rest of the world that common sense compromise on this issue is possible.

This year, we have an opportunity to strengthen the domestic violence protection law, which is already the toughest in the nation, by expanding it to include non-family abuse orders as well as permanent protective orders. This change would keep more Virginians safe from gun crime. Additionally, let's make 2017 the year we make universal background checks for firearm sales the policy of our Commonwealth.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Virginia Legislature , Jan 11, 2017

Veto restrictions on sharing handgun info with Maryland

SB948: Information on concealed handgun permittees in the VA Criminal Information Network shall not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with VA for the carrying of concealed handguns.

Analysis by W-Y Daily 1/26/15: The bill would affect states that do not have reciprocal agreements with Virginia. Maryland does not recognize concealed weapon permits issued in VA. The bill comes after gun owners expressed concerns about being targeted by MD State Police.

Veto message: The sharing of concealed handgun permit information between law enforcement agencies provides officers advanced information concerning whether an individual may be armed. This information is imperative and potentially life-saving.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-16-0 on Jan/22/15; Passed House 66-33-1 on Feb/17; Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on Mar/27; Veto sustained 24-16-0 (needed 27) on Apr/15.

Source: W-Y Daily analysis of Virginia voting records SB948 , Mar 27, 2015

Restore the one handgun a month law

We can no longer stand by as our fellow Virginians are lost to preventable and senseless acts of gun violence. As a gun owner myself, I fully believe that law-abiding citizens have a right to responsibly own and carry firearms. But as we have learned from far too many tragedies here and across the country, there is a difference between responsible gun owners and those who violate the law or are likely to use firearms in a manner that endangers lives.

I have proposed several common sense bills aimed at keeping Virginians safe from gun violence without infringing on the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens. These proposals will keep guns out of dangerous hands by

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature , Jan 14, 2015

Brady Bill was the right thing to do

Clinton went over how the NRA, the rich and powerful gun lobby, had defeated about a dozen of our members who had voted for the Brady Bill and Assault Weapons Ban. The NRA pumped more than $70 million into targeting Democrats and even bragged about how much money they'd spent. The Brady Bill was named for Jim Brady, Reagan's spokesman, who was seriously wounded when Reagan was shot, and his wife Sarah campaigned for that bill for 10 years before it finally passed. That vote was the right thing to do.
Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.100 , Jan 23, 2007

1983: On first hunting trip, show a turkey buzzard

There ended up being 20 of us ready to spend 3 days hunting turkey and quail.

Understand, coming from Syracuse, the only turkeys I'd ever seen were the kind you unfold like an accordion and put down in the middle of your Thanksgiving dinner table. I'd never even held a gun, much less gone hunting. So, that 1st morning, we were out of bed before 5 AM, and the 1st thing I knew, they'd thrown a shotgun in my hands. I liked the feel of that shotgun in my hands, but I had one small problem How was I going to load the thing? I had no idea.

Before long there were birds flying all around me. I pointed my shotgun and pulled the trigger and BLAM!! The black bird with the big red head didn't have a chance.

I got me a turkey! I got me a turkey! I started yelling.

But something was up. The laughter was going on too long.

Finally someone told me the truth: I'd shot a turkey BUZZARD, which is a vulture, not a turkey.

I was hooked on hunting after my 1st weekend.

Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p. 64-67 , Jan 23, 2007

Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology.

McAuliffe adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Make America the “Safest Big Country” in the World
After climbing relentlessly for three decades, crime rates started to fall in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the public remains deeply concerned about the prevalence of gun violence, especially among juveniles, and Americans still avoid public spaces like downtown retail areas, parks, and even sports facilities.

We need to keep policing “smart” and community-friendly, prohibiting unjust and counterproductive tactics such as racial profiling; focus on preventing as well as punishing crime; pay attention to what happens to inmates and their families after sentencing; use mandatory testing and treatment to break the cycle of drugs and crime; and enforce and strengthen laws against unsafe or illegal guns. Moreover, we need a renewed commitment to equal justice for all, and we must reject a false choice between justice and safety.

Technology can help in many areas: giving police more information on criminal suspects so they do not rely on slipshod, random stop-and-search methods; allowing lower-cost supervision of people on probation or parole; and making it possible to disable and/or trace guns used by unauthorized persons.

Above all, we need to remember that public safety is the ultimate goal of crime policy. Until Americans feel safe enough to walk their neighborhood streets, enjoy public spaces, and send their children to school without fear of violence, we have not achieved public safety.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC11 on Aug 1, 2000

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