State of Arizona Archives: on Gun Control


Kelli Ward: Rated 92% by NRA for pro-gun policies

Group ratings on gun rights: "The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) ranks political candidates--irrespective of party affiliation--based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. NRA relies on a very simple premise: when provided with the facts, the nation's elected officials will recognize that 'gun control' schemes are an infringement on the Second Amendment and a proven failure in fighting crime."

"The AzCDL is dedicated to the principle that the rights of self-defense and bearing arms are the foundation for all other rights. Our freedom of speech, our freedom from unreasonable searches, our rights against self-incrimination, our right to bear arms, all of our fundamental rights only exist because we stand firmly resolved to preserve them."

Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Kelli Ward: Rated A+ by NRA on gun rights

Group ratings on gun rights: Mission statement: "The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is NRA's political action committee. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates--irrespective of party affiliation--based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. NRA relies on a very simple premise: when provided with the facts, the nation's elected officials will recognize that 'gun control' schemes are an infringement on the Second Amendment and a proven failure in fighting crime. The importance of this premise lies in the knowledge that, as one U.S. Congressman put it: "The gun lobby is people."
Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Doug Ducey: Avoid shootings by mentally ill but respect 2nd Amendment

The Arizona Republic asked the candidates for governor what changes, if any, should be made to prevent future shooting sprees.

Doug Ducey, Republican: "My heart goes out to any person or family that has been affected by violent crime. The common thread in recent tragedies--Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and now Isla Vista--is that many warning signs were overlooked or ignored. As a nation, we must take a hard look at our mental health system and its failings, and ensure better cooperation between mental health agencies and law enforcement. I will work with Arizona mental health experts, the firearms community and law enforcement professionals to make sure that any programs brought forward will reduce violence and not infringe on the Constitution."

Source: The Arizona Republic on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2014

Frank Riggs: Gun violence is not about video games or 2nd Amendment

The Arizona Republic asked the candidates for governor what changes, if any, should be made to prevent future shooting sprees.

Frank Riggs, Republican: "The answer is not to restrict freedom and the constitutionally protected right to own firearms, or for that matter, video games. The 'recent mass shootings,' including at UC Santa Barbara, where the first three victims were stabbed to death, have been perpetrated by deranged young men who were estranged from their families and alienated from society. There's no way to prevent crimes by insane individuals but every child should have the chance to be raised to adulthood by role-modeling parents in a nurturing and loving home, and government policies should encourage intact families and combat the breakdown of marriage."

Source: The Arizona Republic on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2014

Fred DuVal: Require background checks for all gun purchases

The Arizona Republic asked the candidates for governor what changes, if any, should be made to prevent future shooting sprees.

Fred DuVal, Democrat: "As a recreational shooter, gun owner, and strong supporter of the second amendment, I know that we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill without infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms

"There's no guaranteed way to prevent mass shootings, but we can reduce gun violence and start healing the heartbreak from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Isla Vista, and Tucson by sharing mental health records between states and requiring background checks for all gun purchases."

Source: The Arizona Republic on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2014

Ruben Gallego: More gun buyback programs, not more guns

The toll that gun violence has taken on my family and my community has been far too high. Americans can agree on fundamentals; support for background checks and clamping down on gun purchases from those who are mentally ill or on a terrorism watch-list.

I often hear from NRA members that the solution is more individuals with guns. In the Arizona State House, I stood up against proposals to allow guns in our parks and public buildings. I know as a US Marine who is trained in close quarters combat that having untrained individuals carrying guns can make the work of law enforcement officers more difficult.

I'll work across the aisle to help end gun violence. I'll continue my work on closing the "terror gap" to ensure that suspected terrorists can't buy guns. I will work to protect gun buyback programs, such as those in Phoenix, that remove unwanted and dangerous guns from the street. I will stand up to the NRA and be a voice for gun owners who want to see universal background checks.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Joe Dorman: Ok for school employees to carry handguns in school

Dorman voted YEA on HB 1062, Authorizes School Employees to Carry Handguns on School Property. Bill Passed House (68-23).
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of 2013-14 Arizona voting records Mar 12, 2013

Ann Kirkpatrick: Strongly supports the Second Amendment

I strongly support the Second Amendment. As a member of the state legislature, I defied the leadership of my own party to stand up for the rights of Arizonaís families to keep and bear arms. I strongly supported legislation bringing back responsible gun education to our public schools and voted to reduce the penalty for law-abiding citizens carrying a concealed weapon without a state permit. In Congress, I will continue to fight to protect the integrity of this fundamental Constitutional right.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 4, 2008

Joe Dorman: Co-sponsored "Stand Your Ground Law"

Dorman co-sponsored HCS HB 2615, "Stand Your Ground Law"; Bill Passed Senate (39-5):