State of Georgia Archives: on Gun Control


Jon Ossoff: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, announced their support for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the run-off elections for the Senate. "Everytown is proud to reaffirm our support for Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock, who are running against two gun extremists," said the president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Source: OCG News on 2020 Georgia Senate endorsements Nov 8, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, announced their support for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the run-off elections for the Senate. "Everytown is proud to reaffirm our support for Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock, who are running against two gun extremists," said the president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Source: OCG News on 2019-2020 Georgia Senate endorsements Nov 8, 2020

David Perdue: Ample guns laws on the books; supports background checks

Q: Your opinion on gun control?

Perdue: "We have ample gun laws on the books;" should enforce them. Supports some more stringent background checks.

Ossoff: Supports universal background checks, red-flag laws, closing gun-show loophole, as well as a ban on assault weapons.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Derrick Grayson: National background check, and Constitutional Carry

Q: What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

A: Potential buyers must be of age, complete a national background check, have no felonious convictions or current mental challenges on their records and Constitutional Carry must be implemented in all states.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Allow concealed firearm carry across state lines

Q: Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Doug Collins: No. Co-sponsored bill to allow concealed firearm carry across state lines.

Kelly Loeffler: No. "Strong Second Amendment supporter." Sponsored bill barring national firearm database.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. "The answer to America's gun violence isn't to encourage masses of people to carry guns."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: Ban assault weapons & high velocity ammo

Q: What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

A: I support the following restrictions on gun ownership:

  1. Prohibit the use of high capacity magazines and clips
  2. Ban military-style assault weapons, machine guns, and machine pistols
  3. Restrict the use of high velocity armour piercing ammunition
  4. Adoption of red flag laws
  5. Uniform federal background checks
Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Supports background checks, assault weapon ban

Q: Your opinion on gun control?

Ossoff: Supports universal background checks, red-flag laws, closing gun-show loophole, as well as a ban on assault weapons.

Perdue: "We have ample gun laws on the books;" should enforce them. Supports some more stringent background checks.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Sponsored bill barring national firearm database

Q: Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Kelly Loeffler: No. "Strong Second Amendment supporter." Sponsored bill barring national firearm database.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. "The answer to America's gun violence isn't to encourage masses of people to carry guns."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Answer to gun violence isn't masses of people carrying guns

Q: Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Raphael Warnock: Yes. "The answer to America's gun violence isn't to encourage masses of people to carry guns."

Kelly Loeffler: No. "Strong Second Amendment supporter." Sponsored bill barring national firearm database.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Repeal all gun laws; strictly interpret 2nd Amendment

Hazel believes all federal gun laws should be repealed, and the Second Amendment of the Constitution should be strictly interpreted. "I will expose all those that fight to deprive you the 1st natural right of self-preservation."
Source: Atlanta Magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 27, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Guns not allowed in Capitol, but allowed in our schools?

The reverend declares with conviction,"Guns are not allowed in the state Capitol. But they want them in our churches and our schools. Have you lost your mind." Minutes later, a photo of Emmett Till fills the frame, captioned "Hoodie Sunday," transitioning to footage of the congregation. "We've been here before--Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin"--he cries, enunciating each syllable of the names of the deceased--"profiled, hunted down, and killed for crossing some cultural arbitrary line."
Source: Mother Jones on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 21, 2020

Valencia Stovall: Right to own guns, but not high powered weapons

Q: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?

A: Yes. I support the right of people to have guns, but don't support the high powered weapons that are used in military combat nor allowing someone with mental health history of violence to be permitted to have a gun.

Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Background checks; red flag laws; assault weapon ban

I support the Second Amendment and I respect the overwhelming majority of gun owners who recognize that guns aren't toys; they are lethal and dangerous tools. I support universal criminal history checks for gun purchases, red flag laws to protect family members and domestic partners concerned about the mental health of their loved ones, and closing the gun show loophole. I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles ("assault weapons") and high-capacity magazines to the general public.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Allen Buckley: Uphold the Second Amendment with background checks

I believe the law should be: Persons determined by a state-certified physician to possess a significant likelihood of causing physical harm or death to any person, mentally institutionalized persons, persons under investigation with respect to terrorist activities, illegal aliens and persons convicted of a federal or state law felony in which deadly force was possessed should not be permitted to access guns. Every other adult should have access. (Background checks should apply to purchases.)
Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate campaign BuckleyForSenate.org May 2, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Universal background checks; assault weapon ban

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Ted Terry: 2nd Amendment doesn't mean unfettered access to guns

There are some issues out there that 90% of Americans want to see, like universal background checks, gun licensing, and red flag laws. It's weird there are things we think are traditions but they're not. For a hundred fucking years the Second Amendment was interpreted as: we should have a militia and people can have rifles and shit, but it doesn't mean unfettered access to guns, like George Washington himself would lay his life down to keep his AR-15.
Source: Under the Radar Mag on 2020 Georgia Senate race Dec 19, 2019

Kelly Loeffler: Defend the Second Amendment

In her introductory news conference, Loeffler pledged allegiance to Trump and decried Democrats' efforts to impeach the president as a "circus." She said she would defend the Second Amendment, support Trump's border wall and conservative judges and will be a fierce opponent of abortion. "Contrary to what you might see in the media, not every strong American woman is a liberal," she said. "Many of us are conservative and proud of it."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 6, 2019

Matt Lieberman: In campaign announcement, came out as pro-gun control

Matt Lieberman's views are largely unknown so far. In a video declaring his candidacy, he called for a ban on assault-style weapons, proclaimed himself pro-choice, and endorsed a "Voting Rights Act for the 21st Century" to protect voters who rights might be endangered by state and local laws.
Source: Newsmax.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 8, 2019

Matt Lieberman: For assault rifle ban & background checks

I'm strongly in favor of gun control, including a ban on assault rifles and universal background checks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 3, 2019

Stacey Abrams: AR-15s are not necessary on our streets

Q: When you were a state lawmaker in 2016, you co-sponsored House Bill 731 that would have allowed state authorities to take away so-called assault weapons from current gun owners. Most similar bans would grandfather in existing semiautomatic rifles.

ABRAMS: In Georgia, you introduce legislation to start conversations. I am happy to work with the legislature to figure out how we make an assault weapons ban work. But what I fundamentally believe is that we have to have commonsense gun safety legislation. I am someone who supports the Second Amendment, who knows how to shoot, who knows how to hunt, but I believe that our responsibility is to make certain that the most vulnerable in our society do not face those who are irresponsible with their weapons. AR-15s are not necessary on our streets. Semiautomatic weapons have to be put under a certain level of responsible control. And I believe that I can work with Democrats and Republicans to come up with commonsense gun safety legislation.

Source: CNN interviews 2018 on Georgia 2016 voting records HB731 Nov 4, 2018

Brian Kemp: Constitutional carry without permit

Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Abrams: Yes. Supports requiring universal background checks; banning assault weapons; & repealing campus carry.

Kemp: No. Opposes new gun control restrictions, supports campus carry, arming K-12 teachers, & "constitutional carry" without permit or application. In humorous ad, pointed a shotgun at teenage boy sitting next to him, saying dating his daughters required appreciating the Second Amendment.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Brian Kemp: Respect the 2nd Amendment if you want to date my daughter

TV campaign ad: "I'm Brian Kemp, this is Jake, a young man interested in one of my daughters," Kemp, the candidate and Georgia's current secretary of state, says while polishing a double-barrel shotgun on his lap in the middle of a room decked out with handguns, hunting rifles, and at least two AR-15-style weapons.

"Yes, sir," Jake, a young man in khakis, responds.

"Jake asked why I was running for governor," Kemp says. He prompts Jake to list off: to "cap government spending," to "take a chainsaw to regulations," and to "make Georgia number one for small business."

"And two things if you're going to date one of my daughters?" Kemp then asks.

"Respect," Jake answers. "And a healthy respect for the Second Amendment, sir."

Kemp then cocks the gun up, apparently toward Jake, and then says, "We're going to get along just fine."

[Ad fades to a scene showing framed family photos including teenage girls, with caption, "Brian Kemp, Conservative Businessman for Governor."]

Source: Slate.com Ad-Watch on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race May 2, 2018

Hunter Hill: State should enact reasonable restrictions on guns

[After a series of shootings in July 2016] "Georgia must have a thoughtful conversation about the national epidemic of gun violence and racially discriminatory policing," said Abrams. Georgians "face the failure of our state to implement reasonable restrictions to keep guns out of the wrong hands." The House Democratic Caucus, she said, will explore a package of proposals that will include gun restrictions and wider access to mental health care via expansion of Medicaid.
Source: Macon Telegraph on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race Aug 16, 2017

Casey Cagle: Expand citizens' ability to protect themselves & families

Our right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in both the federal and state Constitutions, and it is a bedrock of the liberty we enjoy as Americans. Since Lt. Governor Cagle's election, the Republican majority has comprehensively re-written Georgia's firearms laws to expand the ability of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families. Additionally, his continued support of access to outdoor recreation opportunities has helped ensured future generations of Georgians will enjoy hunting, shooting, fishing and other outdoor activities their parents and grandparents cherish. He has also been a vocal supporter of relocating gun manufacturers to Georgia and away from liberal states, creating jobs for our citizens here.

Our state will continue to be eyed carefully by liberal national groups who want to limit our ability to exercise our freedoms. For this reason, we must never stop being vigilant against attempts to restrict our liberties.

Source: 2018 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website CaseyCagle.com May 2, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Gun-carry license doesn't apply to "campus carry"

HB 280: Current version of "campus carry." HB 280 would allow for any weapons carry license holder to concealed carry a firearm on public university campuses. Athletic areas, student housing, and fraternity and sorority houses are not covered under the proposed exception. Carrying is also prohibited on up to three on-campus pre-school spaces. MY VOTE: NO
Source: 2018 campaign website on Georgia voting record HB 280 Mar 30, 2017

Tom Price: Gun ownership protects those at scene of crime

Price asserted that when violence has taken place, gun ownership has protected--not harmed--those at the scene of the crime. "In fact, guns are used more often to protect lives, not take lives. Steps to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens endanger those very citizens," he said.
Source: CNN coverage of 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jan 10, 2017

Drew Ferguson: Concealed carry makes everyone safer except for criminals

Defending Your Second Amendment Right: I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. What makes America different from every other country in the world is a belief at our very core in the freedom of our citizens. We trust our freedoms to the people--not to the government. And we trust our citizens with the responsibilities to make their lives and families and communities stronger, more prosperous and safer.

We do not rely on the government to do it for us and that is a good philosophy, because government is generally terrible at all of those things--at least domestically.

Concealed carry by law-abiding citizens makes everyone safer except for criminals. Where do our freedoms stop? On a college campus? A public street? A restaurant? Americans should be free to protect themselves and their liberties wherever they go.

Source: 2016 Georgia House campaign website FergusonForGeorgia.com Nov 8, 2016

Stacey Abrams: State should enact reasonable restrictions on guns

[After series of shootings in July 2016] "Georgia must have a thoughtful conversation about the national epidemic of gun violence and racially discriminatory policing," said Abrams. Georgians "face the failure of our state to implement reasonable restrictions to keep guns out of the wrong hands." The House Democratic Caucus, she said, will explore a package of proposals that will include gun restrictions and wider access to mental health care via expansion of Medicaid.
Source: Macon Telegraph on 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial race Jul 18, 2016

Jim Barksdale: Stop suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns

Jim Barksdale issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to pass any firearm legislation, even in the wake the deadliest shooting in U.S. history in Orlando at a gay nightclub on June 12th:

"When partisans on both sides of the aisle cannot come together and pass legislation to stop suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns to kill Americans, we can safely say that Washington is broken. Common sense has left the Capitol."

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Press Release Jun 21, 2016

Nathan Deal: Veto "campus carry;" it won't make students safer

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would make exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

House Bill 859 would legalize firearms at all public colleges in Georgia. "If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result," Deal wrote in his veto message.

The gun measure, known as the "campus carry" bill, was long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and administrators to protect themselves.

Deal [had requested the legislature] to exempt on-campus child care facilities, faculty or administrative office space and disciplinary meetings in a separate measure, but they declined to make changes.

Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 859 May 3, 2016

Hunter Hill: Voted NO on "campus carry;" it won't make students safer

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would make exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

House Bill 859 would legalize firearms at all public colleges in Georgia. "If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result," Deal wrote in his veto message.

The gun measure, known as the "campus carry" bill, was long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and administrators to protect themselves.

Deal [had requested the legislature] to exempt on-campus child care facilities & office space in a separate measure, but they declined to make changes.

Sen. Hill voted NO; passed Senate 34-17-5 Mar.11; passed House 113-59-8 Feb.16

Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 859 Mar 11, 2016

Stacey Abrams: Voted NO on "campus carry;" it won't make students safer

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would make exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

House Bill 859 would legalize firearms at all public colleges in Georgia. "If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result," Deal wrote in his veto message.

The gun measure, known as the "campus carry" bill, was long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and administrators to protect themselves.

Deal [had requested the legislature] to exempt on-campus child care facilities & office space in a separate measure, but they declined to make changes.

Rep. Abrams voted NO; passed Senate 34-17-5 Mar.11; passed House 113-59-8 Feb.16

Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 859 Mar 11, 2016

Valencia Stovall: Voted NO on "campus carry;" it won't make students safer

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would make exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

House Bill 859 would legalize firearms at all public colleges in Georgia. "If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result," Deal wrote in his veto message.

The gun measure, known as the "campus carry" bill, was long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and administrators to protect themselves.

Deal [had requested the legislature] to exempt on-campus child care facilities & office space in a separate measure, but they declined to make changes.

Rep. Stovall voted NO; passed Senate 34-17-5 Mar.11; passed House 113-59-8 Feb.22

Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 859 Feb 22, 2016

Rick Allen: Right to bear arms needs to be protected

The 'Right to Bear Arms' is one of the most fundamental and important rights in the Constitution and needs to be protected. As a lifelong member of the NRA, I cherish this right and will fight each and every day to protect and uphold the 2nd Amendment.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Sacrificing liberty for safety has never worked

Sacrificing liberty for safety and security has never worked in our history. Our right to defend ourselves from random acts of violence, some uncontrolled mental illness, and crimes against our property is guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. Allowing adult gun owners to possess and carry firearms in the largest variety of circumstances possible is the strongest deterrent available to protecting our open and free society.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Swafford: Strongly Disagree

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

David Perdue: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Perdue: Strongly Disagree

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

Rick Allen: Disagree with more restrictive gun control laws

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

Allen: Strongly Disagree

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

Paul Broun: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Broun: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Jason Carter: Let local communities decide if teachers can be armed

Q: Do you think teachers should be armed in schools?

CARTER: What we've done is allowed communities to make those decisions for themselves. There are some communities in my state that will feel safer if their school districts are allowed to make those decisions. And there's other communities where they won't. And those communities will get to decide for themselves.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Apr 21, 2014

Paul Broun: FactCheck: Guns cause more deaths than bats & hammers

State Sen. Bill Jackson said, "There's more murders with hammers last year than shotguns and pistols and AK-47s." Two days later, US Rep. Paul Broun said: "There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns." Is it true

In January, some pro-gun rights Facebook posts began to circulate: "According to the FBI, in 2011, 1,694 were murdered with knives, 726 with hands or feet, 496 with clubs or hammers, 323 with rifles of any type," it read. PolitiFact reviewed 2011 FBI data on the types of weapons used to commit murders; the Facebook numbers nearly matched. So, using selective data, Sen. Jackson's claim is true: more people were killed with hammers than specific types of guns.

Broun's statement is not as specific as Jackson's. FBI data shows that 6,220 Americans were murdered by handguns in 2011. That's more than 12 times the number of people killed with clubs or hammers. Broun's general use of "guns" by its nature includes handguns. That makes his statement way off

Source: PolitiFact FactCheck on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Feb 13, 2013

Jason Carter: Rated 92% by National Rifle Association

2012 rating by National Rifle Association for Candidate Positions on Gun Rights: 92%

NRA website's self-description: While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. Our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs.

Source: NRA Ratings on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Dec 31, 2012

Rand Knight: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Vernon Jones: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

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