There are many hot button topics this political season, but none are more important to gun owners than gun control. This two-part article highlights the candidates’ stances on gun reform.
Carson believes that semi-automatic weapon ownership should depend on where people live. He was quoted as saying, “I think if you live in the midst of a lot people, and I’m afraid that the semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.”
Santorum is a supporter of the Second Amendment. In 2013, he opposed the Senate’s background-check legislation, urging people to focus on mental health.
Perry helped to expand gun rights while he was governor of Texas. He signed legislation that allowed people to bring guns in their cars to work and even attempted to lure big gun manufacturers to Texas. However, he expressed hesitation about open-carry laws.
Huckabee received an A+ rating with the NRA and wrote, “Clearly, city slickers who are more afraid of guns than the criminals who might use them have a serious mental condition rendering them incapable of critical thinking.”
She is a supporter of the Second Amendment and has criticized Obama of “pushing a political agenda,” especially in the wake of the Charleston shooting.
Receiving an A+ rating from the NRA, Walker signed a law into a bill that gave people more rights to shoot and kill intruders, including supporting a concealed carry law.
Pataki supports stricter gun control and while governor signed a law that was among the strictest gun-control legislation in the country.
A self described supporter of the Second Amendment, he claims to support a ban on assault weapons and promotes longer waiting periods on gun purchases.
With a mere C rating from the NRA, Christie vetoed a bill that banned ammunition magazines that held more than 10 rounds. However, he not invited to speak at the NRA convention.
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