Tim Kaine on Gun Control
Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor
Tim Kaine (D): Yes. Co-sponsored bill to ban military-style assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines, & bump stocks. Supports improved background checks.
Corey Stewart (R): No. Supports absolute right to gun ownership. Gave away a semi-automatic rifle in raffle to highlight his position.
KAINE: Bluntly, the NRA leadership, funded by gun manufacturers, has basically been able to gridlock everything in Congress now for nearly decades. That's why Congress has not been willing to act, even to do things that an overwhelming majority of the American public want us to do. But the activism of these young people is actually changing the equation.
Q: These young people see inaction from all of Congress, Republicans and Democrats. Does your party bear responsibility too?
KAINE: Yes, Democrats participated, for example, to give gun manufacturers liability protection, to wall off the CDC from researching gun violence. But this now goes back a ways. In recent years, the Democratic Party in Congress has been nearly unified, especially on background checks, for example. Very few Republicans would support it.
Tim Kaine's answer: Yes
Mike Pence's answer: No
Evan McMullin's answer: No
Q: Should people on the "no-fly list" be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
Tim Kaine's answer: Yes
Mike Pence has not answered this question yet.
Evan McMullin's answer: No, it is unconstitutional to deny someone's rights without due process
KAINE: I have voted for it, but I think there's a better way to go at the problem. And that is limitations on the size of magazines and ammunition clips.
Q: Do you think an AR-15 should be sold?
KAINE: I had voted for it and I would likely vote for it again. But here's a practical problem that I think you're aware of. As soon as you define what an assault weapon is, you know, "you can't sell a weapon, and here's how we describe it," gun manufacturers just make one adjustment or two, and they say, "See, this isn't subject to the limitation." Whereas if you say, "You can't sell an ammunition clip or a magazine that would have more than ten or 12 rounds"--that is very straightforward.
Q: You believe ammunition is the way to go?
KAINE: I really think that's probably the way to tackle the problem more effectively.
As Tim works to combat the epidemic of opioid addiction that is hurting Virginia, he has spoken with law enforcement across the state about spikes in crime related to drug abuse. Tim strongly supports providing communities with additional tools to prevent and treat drug addiction, including through education, drug courts, and resources for law enforcement. He also introduced legislation to help prevent opioid overdose deaths through increased access to the life-saving drug naloxone.
"I have long been a supporter of what I think are reasonable regulations, the kind of contemplated, frankly, by the Second Amendment, and I think those and others would be reasonable," Kaine said. "In Virginia we worked in the aftermath of Virginia Tech to do some important things on the databases of folks who have been adjudicated mentally ill and dangerous so that they couldn't purchase guns."
Kaine's backing of McCarthy's measure is not--at least in these times--necessarily surprising. Though he is a prominent supporter of the Second Amendment, other gun rights enthusiasts have said they are open to the idea as well
I issued an Executive Order to clarify that all who are determined mentally ill and dangerous should be included in the state database. This helped spur Congress to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation to encourage the same result on a national level.
Since 1991, Virginia has required that anyone purchasing any type of firearm from a licensed dealer undergo a background check. I support 2nd Amendment rights, but if we are to enforce current law keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals, we must require instant background checks for purchase of weapons at gun shows.
"We realized this is something we could fix right now, and we didn't want to wait," Kaine said. [The Virginia Tech shooter was an outpatient and hence not on the previous list]. The names of those ordered for treatment will be submitted to the FBI's central criminal records database, which licensed gun dealers nationwide are supposed to check.
Kaine said the order is limited because Kaine can do only so much without legislative approval. The order is not retroactive, and also does not affect people who seek treatment voluntarily. And even if someone's name appears in the database, there are ways for him to obtain a gun, such as one-on-one sales at a gun show.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes: Sen. BLUMENTHAL: This amendment would ban high-capacity magazines which are used to kill more people more quickly and, in fact, have been used in more than half the mass shootings since 1982. I ask my colleagues to listen to law enforcement, their police, prosecutors who are outgunned by criminals who use these high-capacity magazines. I ask that my colleagues also listen to the families of those killed by people who used a high-capacity magazine.
Opponent's Argument for voting No: Sen. GRASSLEY. I oppose the amendment. In 2004, which is the last time we had the large-capacity magazine ban, a Department of Justice study found no evidence banning such magazines has led to a reduction in gun violence. The study also concluded it is not clear how often the outcomes of the gun attack depend on the ability of offenders to fire more than 10 shots without reloading. Secondly, there is no evidence banning these magazines has reduced the deaths from gun crimes. In fact, when the previous ban was in effect, a higher percentage of gun crime victims were killed or wounded than before it was adopted. Additionally, tens of millions of these magazines have been lawfully owned in this country for decades. They are in common use, not unusually dangerous, and used by law-abiding citizens in self-defense, as in the case of law enforcement.
Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms"
H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".
Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 2/26/2019: Heritage Action opposes the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. This legislation would require universal background checks for all firearm sales (even private) with specific exceptions. Unfortunately, universal background checks would do little to prevent firearm violence and would instead make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, carry, and use a firearm. Studies show that universal background checks are largely ineffective when it comes to preventing mass shootings. In addition, most people imprisoned for firearm-related crimes access their firearms illegally through theft, the underground market, family members, or friends. H.R. 8 is poorly written and makes criminals out of many law-abiding Americans who commonly make low-risk firearm transfers.
Legislative outcome Roll call 99 in House on 2/27/2019 passed 240-190-2; introduced in Senate 1/8/2019; no action as of 3/28/2020.
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AK: Sullivan(R,incumbent) vs.Gross(I)
AL: Jones(D,incumbent) vs.Sessions(R) vs.Moore(R) vs.Mooney(R) vs.
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AZ: McSally(R,incumbent) vs.Kelly(D)
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ID: Risch(R,incumbent) vs.Harris(D) vs.Jordan(D)
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