Darren Soto on Gun Control



Stand up to the gun lobby

Following the shocking massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, I called for a special session of the Florida Legislature to reform our gun laws. My proposal: Ban gun sales in Florida to anyone on the "no fly" and terrorist watch lists. It's a commonsense idea that enjoys broad support in Florida and across the country. It also could have potentially stopped the Pulse shooter from buying the weapon that allowed him to kill so many people.

Our call for reform immediately put us in the crosshairs of the Florida NRA. I'm not afraid of standing up to the gun lobby. In Congress, I'll fight for commonsense gun safety reforms that respect Second Amendment rights while keeping guns out of dangerous hands. We owe it to the victims and survivors of the gun violence epidemic in our country.

Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website DarrenSoto.com , Nov 8, 2016

Supports gun-control legislation.

Soto supports the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Soto 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".