Dean Phillips on Gun Control



Pass background checks & assault weapons ban

Gun-Violence Prevention: Over 77% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats agree on the need to close the gun-show loophole and require background checks on all firearm purchases. Dean is not beholden to the gun lobby and will be a vocal advocate for such commonsense, bipartisan policy. Given that we don't allow hand grenades, bazookas or machine guns on our streets, there is precedent for the same sort of reasonable approach to assault weapons that will save lives.

Dean believes we must declare gun violence a national health and public safety crisis. He will work to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the funding necessary to thoroughly investigate the causes of gun violence ?and offer potential solutions.

Source: 2018 MN-3 House campaign website PhillipsForCongress.org , Apr 28, 2020

Co-sponsored bill for universal background checks

Phillips is cosponsoring a bill that would require universal background checks for nearly all firearm purchases. This bill would close a loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows or online without a background check. "Thoughts and tweets don't save lives; courageous action saves lives," Phillips said. "I am committed to advancing common-sense solutions to address our nation's gun violence epidemic."
Source: SW News Media on 2018 Congressional MN-3 election , Jan 15, 2019

Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey.

Phillips supports the CC survey question on Second Amendment

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Further Restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-10 on Jul 1, 2018

Support gun-control, according to PVS survey.

Phillips supports the PVS survey question on gun control

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-10 on Aug 1, 2018

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Phillips voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the `Background Check Expansion Act`.