State of California Archives: on Gun Control


Antonio Villaraigosa: Supports Life Act: restrict ammunition, licenses, & weapons

As lawmakers began to consider more than a dozen gun control measures, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flew to Sacramento to urge them to take "dramatic and heroic" action. Villaraigosa referred to mass shootings, including the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in asking lawmakers to approve a package of bills dubbed as the "Life Act."

The proposals include requirements for licenses and background checks for those buying ammunition. They also would close loopholes on the possession of assault weapons with large-capacity magazines. "We have seen too many children killed or living in the aftermath of horrific violence," Villaraigosa told a packed hearing of the Senate Public Safety Committee. "You have before you the opportunity to make our laws stronger, an opportunity to make California a leader again on the issue of gun violence," he added.

The NRA said the legislation violates their constitutional rights and punishes law-abiding gun owners.

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2014 California Governor race Apr 16, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

Q: You are one of the mayors who is trying to do something about guns. What do you want to see in that field?

VILLARAIGOSA: You know, after Newtown, the massacre of 22 children in an elementary school, we can find a middle ground here. I do believe that we need an assault weapons ban. In California, I was one of the authors of the assault weapons ban. It's important. I think we need to ban high-capacity magazines. We need universal background checks. Right now 40% of all the sales of guns and assault weapons are done privately. And you don't need a background check for that. We need to repeal the Tiahrt amendments which say that you have to throw away a background check after 24 hours and really limits the ability of the federal, state, and local governments to work together to get guns out of the hands of criminals and people that shouldn't have them, the mentally ill. We've got to do a lot more to provide mental health services, and fortify our mental health registries.

Source: Face the Nation 2013 on 2014 California gubernatorial race Jan 13, 2013

Jared Huffman: 2nd amendment right is not absolute

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: Yes. The 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms is not absolute. I support the Brady Campaign and other common-sense reforms that respect a limited right to own guns for hunting and personal safety, coupled with reasonable restrictions on gun ownership to protect the public and members of the law enforcement community

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Dan Quayle: Instant gun checks OK, but real issue is self-control

The quick fix artists are now in a frenzy over guns [due to the Littleton killings]. Certainly there are things we can do concerning guns. The instant check system works. And we need to enforce the laws on the books that deal with gun violence. But the overriding issue isnít really gun control, itís self-control. A child who loves God, honors his parents, and respects his neighbors will not kill anyone. In our hearts we know that the answer to tragedies like Littleton is in changing the culture.
Source: Speech to the Commonwealth Club of California May 19, 1999

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2012 Presidential contenders on Gun Control:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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