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Wesley Clark on Gun Control

NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President


Enforce existing laws & close gun show loophole

The laws that the Justice Department is ignoring are the very ones they should be most focused on - laws against illegal gun trafficking, selling guns to minors, selling guns in a school zone. Ask Congress to close the gun show loophole. Under the Brady Law more than a million individuals have been prevented from purchasing guns because a background check revealed a felony conviction. These same individuals, however, can walk into a gun show and buy the same gun-with no questions asked.
Source: Campaign website, Clark04.com Nov 20, 2003

Renew ban on assault weapons, & hold gun makers accountable

Renew the assault weapons ban. Make sure that guns are designed with safety as a priority. Retain the records of gun purchase background checks as a tool for investigating crime. We should require fingerprinting of guns and create a national database. The industry should not be given special protections from civil liability when injury or death results from its failure to use reasonable care in the design, distribution, security, or sale.
Source: Campaign website, Clark04.com Nov 20, 2003

Supports ban on assault weapons

Clark said he supports a ban on assault weapons and was uncertain of precisely what the Brady gun law does -- and if any changes to it are needed. The law requires background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases.
Source: Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, p. A5 Sep 19, 2003

Supports the Second Amendment and uses guns himself

I support the Second Amendment. People like firearms, they feel secure with firearms, they should keep their firearms, said Clark, who has been shooting weapons since he was young.
Source: Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, p. A5 Sep 19, 2003

People who like assault weapons should join the Army

I have got 20 some odd guns in the house. I like to hunt. I have grown up with guns all my life, but people who like assault weapons should join the United States Army, we have them.
Source: Interview on CNN Crossfire Jun 25, 2003

Other candidates on Gun Control: Wesley Clark on other issues:
Nominees:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
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