Jon Tester on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : May 28, 2011

Gun Rights Belong to All Citizens

In February of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his overall support for second amendment rights.

 

 

DC Gun Ban

In June of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement showing his support for a supreme court decision to rule the DC gun ban unconstitutional.

 

 

Opposition to Assault Weapons Ban

In March of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to any new gun control legislation and his opposition to a new assault weapons ban.

 

Gun Control and Border Violence

In March of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opinion that more gun control is not the answer for dealing with border violence.

 

Second Amendment Enforcement Act

In April of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation that he was introducing to enforce the second amendment rights for DC.

 

Chicago Gun Ban

In October of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his intention to sign on to an amicus brief in support of repealing the Chicago handgun ban.

In November of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his encouragement of other Senators to support efforts to overturn the Chicago handgun ban.

In March of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his intention to work with Senator Hutchison of Texas to support efforts to overturn the Chicagon handgun ban.

In July of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for the supreme court decision to overturn the Chicago Gun Ban.

 

EPA and Lead Banning; Chicago Gun Ban

In August of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to a recent EPA decision to attempt to ban lead bullets and lead shot. In the same press statement, Senator Tester notes that he has signed onto an amicus brief in support of overturning the Chicago gun ban.

 

Collectible Firearms Protection Act

In October of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation that he was introducing to protect the right of Americans to own collectible guns.

 

Call for Restraint in Gun Laws

In February of 2011, the BATFE called on Congress to create stricter gun control legislation to deal with violence on the Mexican border. Senator Tester responded to these calls by calling for restraint and sending a letter to the BATFE leader.

 

Antique Gun Re-Importation

In February of 2011, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation he had introduced to allow antique guns to be reimported from other countries.

 

2012 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

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

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

 

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 3265; Second Amendment Enforcement Act - Cosponsor

Amends specified law prohibiting the killing of wild birds and wild animals in the District of Columbia to declare that nothing in it or any other provision of law shall authorize or be construed to permit the Council, the Mayor, or any governmental or regulatory authority of the District to prohibit, constructively prohibit, or unduly burden the ability of persons otherwise not prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law from acquiring, possessing in their homes or businesses, transporting for legitimate purposes, or using for sporting, self-protection or other lawful purposes, any firearm neither prohibited by federal law nor subject to the National Firearms Act. Denies the District any authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms.

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 3942; Collectible Firearms Protection Act - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Arms Export Control Act to allow the importation of certain firearms listed as curios or relics into the United States by a licensed importer without the requirement of an authorization from or payment to the Department of State or the Department of Defense upon certification to the Attorney General that such firearms are lawfully possessed under the laws of the exporting country.

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.

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