Obama Gun Control

Obama: ‘I’m Not Going to Take Your Guns Away’

Wall Street Journal

September 5, 2008

“Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ Obama said.
Barack Obama: Supporting the Rights and Traditions of Sportsmen Protecting Gun Rights

Respect the Second Amendment: Millions of hunters own and use guns each year. Millions more participate in a variety of shooting sports such as sporting clays, skeet, target and trap shooting that may not necessarily involve hunting. As a former constitutional law professor, Barack Obama believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right and he greatly respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting. He also believes that the right is subject to reasonable and commonsense regulation.

Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Candidates’ gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote

April 2, 2008

“I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.”
The Sun Times News Group

The past haunts Obama?

December 7, 2007

“…The Obama campaign Tuesday disavowed a questionnaire he submitted to the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization in 1996 to support his state Senate candidacy.

“Obama never saw the ’96 IVI-IPO state Senate questionnaire — it was filled out by a staffer who unintentionally mischaracterized his views on a number of issues,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt. LaBolt said the staffer was then-Obama state Senate campaign manager Carol Harwell, who could not be reached Tuesday for comment.”

If actions speak louder than words, votes scream. They must be considered the ultimate expression of a position. So how does Barack explain how his voting pattern matches his questionnaire responses?”

2003 Independent Voters of Illinois – Independent Precinct Organization Questionnaire. “35. Do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of
a. handguns?

While a complete ban on handguns is not politically practicable, I believe reasonable restrictions on the sale and possession of handguns are necessary to protect the public safety. In the Illinois Senate last year, I supported a package of bills to limit individual Illinoisans to purchasing one handgun a month; require all promoters and sellers at firearms shows to carry a state license; allow civil liability for death or injuries caused by handguns; and require FOID applicants to apply in person. I would support similar efforts at the federal level, including retaining the Brady Law.

b. assault weapons?


c. ammunition for handguns and assault weapons?

I would support banning the sale of ammunition for assault weapons and limiting the sale of ammunition for handguns.

36. Do you support legislation
a. mandating background checks of purchasers of weapons at gun shows, through the internet and through print advertisements?


b. increasing penalties for illegal resale of weapons?


The Chicago Tribune

November 20, 2007

“Court To Hear Gun Case”

“But the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he “…believes that we can recognize and respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constititional.”

“…the passage of legal protection for the gun industry would mark an enormous setback for gun control advocates and for leaders of cities such as Chicago, who have filed suit against gun dealers and manufacturers.”

“Thus, while I may favor common-sense gun control laws, that doesn’t keep me from reaching out to NRA members who are worried about their lack of health insurance.”

“I believe we need to renew–not roll back–this common sense gun law,” Obama said. – In reference to the 1994 AWB.”

The Audacity of Hope, p.215 Oct 1, 2006 “I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer’s lobby. “
1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998 “Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:

  • Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
  • Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
  • Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.”
Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999

h/t: Volokh

“Obama is proposing to make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home.

He’s proposing restricting gun purchases to one weapon a month and banning the sale of firearms at gun shows except for “antique” weapons. Obama is also proposing increasing the licensing fee to obtain a federal firearms license.      ….

He’s proposing that all federally licensed gun dealers sell firearms in a storefront and not from their homes while banning their business from being within five miles of a school or a park. He’s also banning the sale of ‘junk” handguns like the popular Saturday Night Specials.”

1996 Independent Voters of Illinois – Independent Precinct Organization Questionnaire. “35. Do you support state legislation ???

a. ban the manufacture, sale or possession of handguns?


b. ban the manufacture, sale or possession of assault weapons?


c. mandatory waiting periods with background checks for weapons?


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