Chuck Grassley on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Jul 15, 2010

Summary

While in office, Senator Grassley has voted both in favor of, and against a bill to protect manufacturers from lawsuits when their firearms are used in a crime. He voted against an assault weapons ban. During the confirmation of Eric Holder to the Attorney General position, Senator Grassley expressed concern for Holder's position on the second amendment.

 

Eric Holder Nomination

Senator Grassley voted to confirm Eric Holder to the position of Attorney General. He did however show concern over Mr Holder's position on the second amendment.

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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Chuck Grassley 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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Chuck Grassley 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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from being used by organizations that would require registration of firearms.

Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from being used by organizations that would require registration of firearms.

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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Chuck Grassley 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. Chuck Grassley voted against the the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

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

Chuck Grassley 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. Chuck Grassley voted against the amendment to require background checks at all events.

Chuck Grassley voted against 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. Chuck Grassley voted against the 10 year extension of the assault weapons ban.

Chuck Grassley voted against 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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the amendment to require child safety devices.

Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the amendment to require child safety devices.

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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the legislation containing the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the legislation containing the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

Gun Free School Zones 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. Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the Gun Free School Zones Act.

Chuck Grassley voted in favor of the Gun Free School Zones 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 senate 63-36. Chuck Grassley voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act.

Chuck Grassley voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 371; Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to provide for reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms in different states by persons who are not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm and who are: (1) carrying a valid state license or permit for carrying a concealed firearm; or (2) otherwise entitled to carry a concealed firearm in their state of residence.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 371; Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to provide for reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms in different states by persons who are not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm and who are: (1) carrying a valid state license or permit for carrying a concealed firearm; or (2) otherwise entitled to carry a concealed firearm in their state of residence.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1001; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

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-109; Bill Number-S 1082; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

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-104; Bill Number-S 1612; Increased Mandatory Minimums - Cosponsor

This law would have revised Federal criminal code provisions regarding using or carrying a firearm, and using or carrying a firearm while in possession of armor piercing ammunition capable of being fired in that firearm, during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime to make penalties under such provisions applicable to possessing a firearm under such circumstances. Directs the United States Sentencing Commission: (1) to review and, if appropriate, amend the sentencing guidelines and policy statements of the Commission to enhance the sentence of any defendant who discharges a firearm during or in relation to any crime of violence or drug trafficking crime; and (2) in carrying out such provision, to ensure that there is reasonable consistency with other Federal sentencing guidelines, avoid duplicative punishment for substantially the same offense, and take into account any mitigating circumstances that might justify an exception.

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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