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George Allen on Gun Control

Republican Senate Challenger


Instant criminal records check on all gun purchases

When I was a member of the General Assembly, it was my amendment that said that when anybody is buying a firearm that--regardless of the firearm--there will be an instant criminal records check. And I do believe those criminal records checks, including mental disorders or drug abuse, are indicated in any firearm purchases.
Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 22, 2012

Endorsed by NRA for record of defending Second Amendment

The NRA endorsed Allen for the U.S. Senate citing his "stellar record of defending the Second Amendment" and protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms.

The NRA is America's leading organization promoting gun safety education and the Second Amendment with more than 70,000 current members nationwide. Allen said he is pleased with the endorsement. "It's a most significant honor to receive the important endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a great American organization with so many patriotic, active members throughout Virginia. The NRA supports law enforcement professionals, gun safety education and stands strong for our foundational Second Amendment rights. I have always been proud to support the natural rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their families and themselves. "In the U.S. Senate I will remain committed to defending our rights enshrined in our Constitution," said George Allen.

Source: Richmond Republican Examiner on 2012 Virginia Senate debate , May 11, 2012

Allow concealed carry in National Parks

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.georgeallen.com, "Issues" , Jul 22, 2011

Opposes absolute right to gun ownership

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Sep 20, 2000

Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others. Voting YES would:
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S 397 ; vote number 2005-219 on Jul 29, 2005

Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.

Vote to pass a bill that would block certain civil lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors, dealers and importers of firearms and ammunition, mainly those lawsuits aimed at making them liable for gun violence. In this bill, trade groups would also be protected The bill would call for the dismissal of pending lawsuits against the gun industry. The exception would be lawsuits regarding a defect in a weapon or ammunition. It also would provide a 10-year reauthorization of the assault weapons ban which is set to expire in September 2004. The bill would increase the penalties for gun-related violent or drug trafficking crimes which have not resulted in death, to a minimum of 15 years imprisonment. The bill calls for criminal background checks on all firearm transactions at gun shows where at least 75 guns are sold. Exemptions would be made available for dealers selling guns from their homes as well as members-only gun swaps and meets carried out by nonprofit hunting clubs.
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S.1805/H.R.1036 ; vote number 2004-30 on Mar 2, 2004

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