Kirsten Gillibrand on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Nov 10, 2010

Summary

Senator Gillibrand is a strong and vocal proponent of gun control measures. She has stated that since coming to Congress, reducing gun violence has been her top priority. To accomplish this goal, Senator Gillibrand is a strong supporter of gun trafficking laws. She stated that studies show that 90 percent of the guns used to commit crimes in New York State actually come from other states and that 85 percent of guns seized in New York are obtained illegally without proper criminal background checks. Senator Gillibrand supports the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act and states that by cracking down on illegal gun traffickers and their vast criminal networks, we can reduce gun violence and keep our children and families safe.

One tool that Senator Gillibrand states that law enforcement needs, is access to background checks for weapons. Current law requires that those checks be destroyed after 24 hours. Senator Gillibrand has voiced support for removing this requirement. She also supports tougher background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Act.

Senator Gillibrand also noted on her campaign website that she voted against allowing guns in national parks, voted against removing the DC firearm restrictions, and voted against a measure to allow concealed carry reciprocity throughout states.

 

Access to Background Checks

Current law requires that background checks be destroyed after 24 hours. In April of 2009, Senator Gillibrand issued a press statement noting her belief that those records should be maintained and made available to police as trace data.

 

Gun Trafficking Prevention Act

In November of 2009, Senator Gillibrand released a press statement noting her support for the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act.

 

Campaign Video - Gun Violence

 

Official Website Statements

 

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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted against the amendment to allow citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Kirsten Gillibrand voted against 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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted against allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

Kirsten Gillibrand voted against allowing citizens to transport firearms on Amtrak.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 32; Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit: (1) the transfer or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, except for its lawful possession within the United States on or before the date of this Act's enactment; and (2) the importation or bringing into the United States of such a device. Sets forth exceptions to such ban. Sets penalties for violations. Requires a large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after this Act's enactment to be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after enactment and such other identification as the Attorney General may prescribe.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 35; Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors. Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations. Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act. Increases penalties for: (1) serious record-keeping violations by licensees; and (2) violations of criminal background check requirements.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 843; Gun Show Background Check Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors. Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations. Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act. Increases penalties for: (1) serious record-keeping violations by licensees; and (2) violations of criminal background check requirements.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 34; Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit (or revoke such license or permit) if the Attorney General: (1) determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be engaged in terrorism or has provided material support or resources for terrorism; and (2) has a reasonable belief that the transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism. Allows any individual whose firearms or explosives license application has been denied to bring legal action to challenge the denial. Extends the prohibition against the sale or distribution of firearms or explosives to include individuals whom the Attorney General has determined to be engaged in terrorist activities. Imposes criminal penalties on individuals engaged in terrorist activities who smuggle or knowingly bring firearms into the United States.Authorizes the Attorney General to withhold information in firearms and explosives license denial revocation lawsuits and from employers if the Attorney General determines that the disclosure of such information would likely compromise national security.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 843; Gun Show Background Check Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors. Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations. Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act. Increases penalties for: (1) serious record-keeping violations by licensees; and (2) violations of criminal background check requirements.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1399; District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - Cosponsor

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4900; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, modernize firearms laws and regulations, protect the community from criminals, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6691; Second Amendment Enforcement Act - Cosponsor

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

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