Andy Biggs on Gun Control



Allow justifiable force as defense in gun cases

Legislative Summary: SB 1145: An emergency measure, justifying threatening or using force against others in prescribed instances, establishes a presumption for when a person is acting reasonably when using justifiable force, alters the burden of proof when a justification defense is presented and specifies that the justification for use of force in crime prevention statute is not limited to use of force in specific areas.

Support from Bloomfield Press: Arizona joins 48 states that recognize the burden to prove guilt in self-defense cases must remain on the state, and that every person must enjoy the presumption of innocence. SB 1145, also called the Castle Doctrine, did several other things to strengthen your right to defend yourself, your family, your home, and more.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 41-15-4 on Apr/18/06; State Rep. Andy Biggs voted YES; Passed Senate 26-1-3 on Apr/19/06; Signed by Governor Janet Napolitano on Apr/24/06

Source: Bloomfield Press on Arizona voting record SB 1145 , Apr 19, 2006

Opposes gun-control legislation.

Biggs opposes the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale.

Biggs voted NAY the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".