Blanche Lincoln on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jul 07, 2010

Summary

Senator Lincoln has stated her support for the second amendment and her agreement with recent supreme court rulings concerning the invalidity of the Chicago gun ban.

While in office, Senator Lincoln has voted in favor of an assault weapons ban, and in favor of closing loopholes to ensure background checks are performed at gun shows.  She also voted in favor of legislation to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits arising from crimes, in favor of law enforcement officers carrying concealed firearms, and in favor of allowing the transportation of firearms on Amtrak.

 

Chicago gun ban comments

On June 28, 2010 Senator Lincoln released the following statements concerning the supreme court ruling on the Chicago hand-gun ban.

 

Official Website Statements

 

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Amendment - Gun carry on Amtrak

In April of 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment to ensure that law abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Amendment - Gun carry on Amtrak

In 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment concerning carrying guns in checked baggage on Amtrak. The amendments read : To ensure that law abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. Each time, the amendments got the support of most or all Republicans with about half the Democrats supporting the legislation. The vote was passed 63-35. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Amendment - US aid and gun registration

In September 2007, the US Senate voted on an amendment submitted by Senator Vitter of Louisiana. The amendment sought to prohibit the use of funds by international organizations, agencies, and entities that require the registration of, or taxes guns owned by citizens of the United States. The amendment got the support of almost all Republicans and about 2/3 of the Democrats to pass in a 81-10 vote. Blanche Lincoln cast a "No Vote"

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

In 2005, the US Senate voted on S 397 - The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The act sought to protect gun manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers from being sued for crimes or accidents involving the weapons they sold or manufactured. The legislation came to a vote in July of 2005 and passed the Senate with a vote of 65-31. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

The Senate attempted to pass Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2004. The bill got very little support, failing in an 8-90 vote. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Amendment - Cops carrying firearms

As an amendment to the Lawful Commerce Act, in March of 2004 the Senate voted on an amendment to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns. The amendment was agreed to 91-8. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.

Amendment - Background Checks

In an amendment to the lawful commerce act, the Senate voted to require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at events that provide a venue for the sale, offer for sale, transfer, or exchange of firearms, and for other purposes. The amendment was agreed to 53-46 with most Democrats supporting the amemdment and most Republicans oppossed to it. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to require background checks at all events.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to require background checks at all events.

Amendment - Assoult Weapons Ban

In an amendment to the lawful commerce act, the Senate voted on a 10 year extension to the assault weapons ban. The amendment was agreed to in a 52-47 vote. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the 10 year extension of the assault weapons ban.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the 10 year extension of the assault weapons ban.

Amendment - Child Safety Devices

An amendment to the lawful commerce act was the to require the provision of a child safety device in connection with the transfer of a handgun and to provide safety standards for child safety devices. The amendment passed 70-27. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to require child safety devices.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the amendment to require child safety devices.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 816; Preservation of the Second Amendment in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges Act - Cosponsor

Allows, except as provided under federal criminal law relating to the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons in federal facilities, a person to possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area or national wildlife refuge area in accordance with the laws of the state in which such area, or that portion thereof, is located.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 816; Preservation of the Second Amendment in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges Act - Cosponsor

Allows, except as provided under federal criminal law relating to the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons in federal facilities, a person to possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area or national wildlife refuge area in accordance with the laws of the state in which such area, or that portion thereof, is located.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 397; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Cosponsor

A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.

Session-107; Bill Number-S 2268; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Cosponsor

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act sought to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish and maintain a list of each person that notifies the Secretary that it is a manufacturer or seller that is: (1) licensed to engage in interstate or foreign commerce of a firearm (including antique firearm) or ammunition product; or (2) is a trade association representing such manufacturers or sellers. Declares that any lawful conduct carried out by a manufacturer or seller in interstate or foreign commerce of a firearm or ammunition product, or lawful conduct carried out by a trade association in the course of representing such manufacturers or sellers, shall not be the basis for imposing a restriction on such commerce (the award of civil damages, equitable relief, or any other specified limitation) as a result of harm caused by the criminal or other unlawful misuse of such firearm or ammunition product by any other person.

Session-107; Bill Number-S 619; Project Exile: The Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Act of 2001 - Cosponsor

Amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to direct the Attorney General to award firearms sentencing incentive grants to eligible States that: (1) demonstrate that they have implemented laws requiring that any person who uses or carries a firearm in any violent crime or serious drug trafficking crime be sentenced to not less than five years in prison (without the possibility of parole) in addition to the punishment provided for such crime, or requiring that any person who possesses a firearm, having at least one prior conviction for a violent crime, be sentenced to five years' imprisonment (without the possibility of parole); or (2) can demonstrate that they have in effect an equivalent Federal prosecution agreement; and (3) demonstrate that they have or will implement a public awareness and community support program that seeks to build support for, and warns potential violators of, such firearms sentencing laws; and (4) provide assurances that they will coordinate with Federal prosecutors and Federal law enforcement agencies and will allocate resources to reduce crime in high-crime areas. Sets forth allowable uses for such grants, including to: (1) support law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, probation officers, correctional officers, the juvenile justice system, the improvement of criminal history records, or case management programs involving the sharing of information about serious offenders; (2) carry out such a public awareness and community support program; and (3) build or expand correctional facilities.

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