Newt Gingrich on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jan 11, 2012

Summary

Congressman Gingrich has been vocally supportive of second amendment rights and his campaign statements and literature call for no restraints on second amendment rights. However, Speaker Gingrich's record is mixed with a great deal of support for gun control legislation.

While in Congress, Gingrich voted against the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that was eventually enacted and required background checks for those purchasing firearms.

However, three years later while acting as Speaker of the House, Gingrich brought to the floor and voted in favor of an Omnibus spending bill that contained two pieces of legislation to curtail second amendment rights. The first was the Gun Free School Zone Act which made it illegal to be in possession of a gun while in a school zone. The second was the Domestic Violence Offenders Act. This legislation made it illegal for anyone conviced of domestic violence to own a firearm. When asked about this second piece of legislation on Meet the Press, Speaker Gingrich confirmed his support for the bill and stated that it was reasonable.

While running for the Presidency, Speaker Gingrich has been very vocal in his support for second amendment rights. In a speech to the NRA, Speaker Gingrich stated that the second amendment was not put in the constitution to affirm the people's right to vote, but rather to allow them to defend themselves from the government.

In December of 2011, Speaker Gingrich filled out the Gun Owners of American survey in which he took a pro-second amendment stance on all questions. This included stating he would support the repeal of the Domestic Violence legislation and the Gun Free School Zone Act. These are the two pieces of legislation that he was instrumental in passing in 1996.

 

Domestic Violence Offenders Act

In 1996, Speaker Gingrich appeared on Meet the Press and was asked if he supported the new law that would ban those who were accused of domestic violence from legally owning a firearm for life. He stated that he did indeed support the ban, calling it a reasonable position.

 

Historical Context

In May of 2011, Congressman Gingrich spoke at an NRA conference concerning the historical context of the second amendment. He states that it is out of context to say that the second amendment is related to hunting.

At that same event, Congressman Gingrich was interviewed on the topic of second amendment rights and discussed the effect of the second amendment on the upcoming elections.

 

Gun Owners of American Survey

In December of 2011, Speaker Gingrich filled out the Gun Owners of America Gun survey. He answered all 20 questions and provided some addition remarks. Below is a reproduction of that survey.

 

2012 Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban

In 1997, the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban passed as an amendment to the Omnibus spending bill for that year. The act banned shipment, transport, ownership and use of guns or ammunition by individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, or who are under a restraining (protection) order for domestic abuse in all 50 states. The act also makes it unlawful to knowingly sell or give a firearm or ammunition to such persons. Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the legislation containing the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the legislation containing the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

Gun Free School Zone Act

In 1997, the Gun Free School Zone Act passed as part of the Omnibus spending bill for that year. The act banned the possession of a firearm while in a school zone. The text of the legislation also contained a number of findings about the dangers of firearms to the nation. It was passed in the same legislation as the Domestic Violence Offender Ban. Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the legislation containing the Gun Free School Zone Act.

Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the legislation containing the Gun Free School Zone Act.

Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act

The Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act was passed in response to an attack on President Reagan in which Secretary Brady was injured. The 1993 law required gun purchasers to pass a background check to ensure that they were not a felon or did not fall into a number of other prohibitive classes. The measure passed the house 238-189. Newt Gingrich voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act.

Newt Gingrich voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

References

[1] Website: Deseret News - AP Article: GINGRICH FAVORS HANDGUN BAN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE CONVICTS Author: AP Accessed on: 01/11/2012

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