State of Michigan Archives: on Gun Control

Jack Bergman: Right to bear arms is about being a free nation

For over two centuries the Second Amendment has guaranteed that our fellow citizens have the right to protect themselves. The right to bear arms is not just about hunting or target practice--it's about being a free nation. I will protect the Second Amendment.
Source: 2016 Michigan House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Dave Trott: 2nd Amendment is important cornerstone of nation's freedoms

As a member of the NRA, Dave strongly believes that the 2nd Amendment is an important cornerstone of our nation's freedoms. Any law abiding American citizen should be able to exercise this right. As a Congressman, Dave would strongly support the right to bear arms and will defend the Second Amendment vigorously.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Mike Bishop: Personally a gun owner with a CPL

Supporting our 2nd amendment right to bear arms, Mike Bishop championed right-to-carry legislation, received A/A+ rating from NRA and is personally a gun owner with a CPL.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Debbie Dingell: Deal with mental illness and gun control laws

Q: You wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about how we can't have a knee-jerk reaction to gun control laws but at the same time we need to respond to school shootings?

A: And we haven't done anything. You know, we've got mental illness and law enforcement officers talk about veterans who are coming back with post traumatic stress. I wanted to write an article after they had the shootings in California about how to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. When I went to write it, you really do realize how complicated the issue is. Because I do also want to take the stigma off it. That means if someone is postpartum depressed and has to go on an anti-depressant for a few months, is that somebody that you want to somehow never let own a gun ever again? It's not straightforward. And it will keep people from seeking the treatment that they need. So, it's complicated. But, just because it's complicated doesn't mean that we don't look at how we can solve the problem.

Source: Eclectablog on 2014 Michigan House campaign Oct 16, 2014

Mike Bishop: Oppose restrictive gun control laws

Q: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety?

Bishop: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Michigan Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which opposes magazine limit

Terri Lynn Land announced she will continue to serve as National Committeewoman for the National Republican Party while running for Senate. In this role, Land voted for, and will continue to promote, the GOP platform, which called for turning Medicare into a voucher program and a ban on abortion that did not include exceptions for rape, incest or saving a woman's life. Land's extreme GOP platform also supported privatizing Social Security, banning same sex marriage, opposing any gun legislation that would limit "the capacity of clips or magazine," banning women from combat, and a study to determine whether to return the US dollar to the gold standard.

In August 2009, the New York Times reported that the 2012 GOP platform "opposes gun legislation that would limit 'the capacity of clips or magazines.'"

Source: DSCC press release on 2014 Michigan Senate debate Jun 11, 2013

Rick Snyder: Absolutely uphold the 2nd Amendment

Q: Would you uphold the 2nd Amendment and support the rights of gun owners as well as the hunting industry?

A: In one word: absolutely. I actually own three guns myself. I have a 12 gauge shotgun and two .22 rifles that I use for target shooting. I believe the 2nd amendment also protects the right of citizens to have a gun in their home to protect their family and property. I also support the rights of gun owners to responsibly carry their gun, as long as they have attained the legal permit. While I'm not an avid hunter, I support the industry and believe it plays an important role in our economy and quality of life. It also can have a valuable environmental conservation impact and I would work to streamline the processes so that hunters get better customer service from the state and local governments. We have a long tradition in our state of supporting gun rights and the hunting industry in Michigan and I would continue to support that tradition as Governor.

Source: Campaign website,, "FAQ" Nov 2, 2010

Jack Hoogendyk: Rated “A” by the National Rifle Association

Second Amendment: I am rated “A” by the National Rifle Association and will continue to support the constitutional right to bear arms.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, “Issues” May 2, 2008

Bret McAtee: End constant meddling with our 2nd amendment rights

That the intoxicating effect of power has gone to elected officials’ heads is seen in their refusal to protect free speech as seen in their passing of the Campaign Finance Reform bill, and in their constant meddling with our 2nd amendment rights.
Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

Mike Bishop: Ease restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns

Source: 2000 Michigan National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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