Ann Kirkpatrick on Gun Control



More background checks; end ban on gun violence research

Q: What are the most important challenges facing our country and how do you propose to address them?

A: Two of our country's top issues are Gun Control and the environment. We need legislation to strengthen background checks, to prevent guns from getting into the hands of those convicted of domestic violence, criminals, severely mentally ill, and those on the terrorist watch list, and we need to end the ban on gun violence research.

Source: League of Women Voters 2018 House AZ-2 Questionnaire , Sep 9, 2018

Strongly supports the Second Amendment

I strongly support the Second Amendment. As a member of the state legislature, I defied the leadership of my own party to stand up for the rights of Arizona’s families to keep and bear arms. I strongly supported legislation bringing back responsible gun education to our public schools and voted to reduce the penalty for law-abiding citizens carrying a concealed weapon without a state permit. In Congress, I will continue to fight to protect the integrity of this fundamental Constitutional right.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com , Nov 4, 2008

Opposes shifting burden of proof in self-defense gun cases

Legislative Summary: SB 1145: An emergency measure, justifying threatening or using force against others in prescribed instances, establishes a presumption for when a person is acting reasonably when using justifiable force, alters the burden of proof when a justification defense is presented and specifies that the justification for use of force in crime prevention statute is not limited to use of force in specific areas.

Support from Bloomfield Press: Arizona joins 48 states that recognize the burden to prove guilt in self-defense cases must remain on the state, and that every person must enjoy the presumption of innocence. SB 1145, also called the Castle Doctrine, did several other things to strengthen your right to defend yourself, your family, your home, and more.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 41-15-4 on Apr/18/06; State Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick voted NO; Passed Senate 26-1-3 on Apr/19/06; Signed by Governor Janet Napolitano on Apr/24/06

Source: Bloomfield Press on Arizona voting record SB 1145 , Apr 18, 2006

National cross-state standard for concealed carry.

Kirkpatrick signed H.R.197&S.845

Establishes a national standard for the carrying of concealed firearms (other than a machinegun or destructive device) by non-residents. Authorizes a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state and who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm under federal law to carry a concealed firearm in another state:

Source: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act 09-HR197 on Jan 6, 2009

Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message.

Kirkpatrick signed H.RES.1365

Source: Resolution Commending the National Rifle Association 10-HRs1365 on May 18, 2010

Opposes restricting the Second Amendment.

Kirkpatrick opposes the CC Voters Guide question on the Second Amendment

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"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q10 on Oct 31, 2012

Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms.

Kirkpatrick opposes 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' The Christian Coalition notes, "You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives."

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 16_CC10 on Nov 8, 2016

Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey.

Kirkpatrick 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

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Kirkpatrick 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".