Mitt Romney on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jan 18, 2012

Summary

Governor Romney has a solid record of pursuing gun control measures to control crime and increase safety. He is vocally supportive of the assault weapons ban, supported a waiting period, and supports registration. While Governor he continued Massachusetts's history of gun control advocacy.

In 2002, Mitt Romney stated in a debate that he supported the tough gun laws in Massachusetts and that he believed they help protect us and keep us safe. He vowed not to chip away at those laws.

While in office, Governor Romney supported the Brady bill and a waiting period because it was necessary to complete a background check. More recently, he has stated that with the advent of instant background checks, a waiting period is no longer required.

He stated that his views did not line up with the NRA. After initiating his Presidential campaign in 2007, Governor Romney joined the NRA with a lifetime membership. He asserted in a taped speech that he supported second amendment rights for all legal purposes, including the common defense.

In 2004, the federal ban on assault weapons expired. Before that happened, Governor Romney signed a bill to permanently ban assault weapons in Massachusetts. That same legislation also extended the term of a firearm identification card and a license to carry firearms from four years to six years, granted a 90-day grace period for holders of firearm identification cards and licenses to carry who have applied for renewal, and created a seven-member Firearm License Review Board to review firearm license applications that have been denied. Governor Romney later stated that the legislation was good overall for firearms owners because of these provisions. During the discussion over the ban, Governor Romney stated that assault weapons were not for hunting or self defense, but were instruments of destruction.

Governor Romney has been supportive of the second amendment in the general sense while campaigning for the Presidency in 2012, but continued to support an assault weapons ban in the 2008 elections. Since that time, he has stated that he does not believe that the nation wide assault weapons ban should be re-instituted.

He does not address the issue on his 2012 campaign website.

 

Gubernatorial Debate

In 2002, Governor Romney participated in a debate while seeking the Governor's seat in Massachusetts. During that debate, he asserts his support for the strong gun laws in Massachusetts.

 

Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban

In 2004, both the national assault weapons ban and a state-wide ban on assault weapons expired. The state legislature of Massachusetts passed an assault weapons ban for the state which mirrored that national law with some additional provisions. The new law extended the term of a firearm identification card and a license to carry firearms from four years to six years, granted a 90-day grace period for holders of firearm identification cards and licenses to carry who have applied for renewal, and created a seven-member Firearm License Review Board to review firearm license applications that have been denied. When speaking at the signing of the legislation into law, Governor Romney stated the following:

The section of law relating to the ban is shown below. We have not been able to locate that text of the actual legislation that Governor Romney signed.

 

ABC News Interview

In February of 2007, Governor Romney was interviewed by George Stephanopoulis for ABC News. He was asked about his support for the Brady bill.

 

South Carolina Debate

In May of 2007 Governor Romney participated in the South Carolina Presidential Debate. He was asked about his previous signing of an assault weapons ban and stated that while he supported second amendment rights, he also supported an assault weapons ban.

 

NRA Address

In December of 2007, Governor Romney made a video to be shown to an NRA convention which he was unable to attend. He states that he is a supporter of the second amendment.

 

Meet the Press

In December of 2007, Governor Romney appeared on Meet the Press and spoke about gun laws and his view on the second amendment.

 

Londonderry Town Hall

In December of 2007 Governor Romney was asked about his view on the Second Amendment, and the original intent of the second amendment. He states that the original intent of the second amendment to allow people to fend off their government, Governor Romney states that the issue may no longer be relevant.

 

Boca Raton, Debate

In January of 2008 Governor Romney participated in a presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida. Governor Huckabee asked Governor Romney a question about his previous assault weapons ban.

 

GOP South Carolina Debate

In January of 2012, Governor Romney participated in the Republican South Carolina Debate. He was asked about second amendment issues and states that he supports the second amendment rights of people.

 

References

[1] Website: iberkshires.com Article: Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban Author: NA Accessed on: 06/29/2011

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