Chuck Hagel on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Apr 28, 2010

Voting Record

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

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

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

Chuck Hagel 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 Hagel 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 Hagel 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 Hagel voted in favor of the amendment to require background checks at all events.

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

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

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

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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-106; Bill Number-S 2390; Project Exile: The Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Act of 2000 - Cosponsor

Amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to direct the Attorney General to provide firearms sentencing incentive grants to eligible States that: (1) demonstrate that they have implemented firearms sentencing laws requiring that any person who uses or carries a firearm during and in relation to any violent crime or serious drug trafficking crime be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years (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, shall 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 to promote Federal involvement and cooperation in the enforcement of laws within that State and will allocate resources in a manner calculated to reduce crime in the high-crime areas of the State. 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. Sets forth the allocation formula for grants, authorizes appropriations, and sets forth reporting requirements.

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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