George Allen on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2012

Summary

While in office, Senator Allen voted against the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, sponsored legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban, supported an amendment to the FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to prohibit the confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens during a natural disaster or emergency, co-sponsored legislation to allows law enforcement officers, including retired officers, to be able to exercise their State residency right-to-carry permits outside their home State, and introduced legislation to allow concealed carry in National Parks.

Protection in Lawful Commerce Act

In 2004, Senator Allen co-sponsored and supported the Protection in Lawful Commerce Act. He compared the lawsuits against gun manufacturers to lawsuits against car manufacturers for each wreck. He discussed banning items such as those under the assault weapons ban and stated that the banning of such accessories was purely cosmetic and that the focus should be on criminals not guns.

National Reciprocity

In 2006, Senator Allen supported legislation to allow a citizen to carry a concealed weapon if they have a permit to carry that concealed weapon in their home state.

 

Protection in Lawful Commerce Act

In March of 2004, Senator Allen spoke on the senate floor in support of the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act.

 

Protection in Lawful Commerce Act

In July of 2005, Senator Allen spoke again in support of the Protection in Lawful Commerce act.

 

Concealed Carry Reciprocity

In May of 2006, Senator Kerrey spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to allow one person to carry a concealed weapon in one state if they have a permit for it in their own state.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

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. George Allen voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

George Allen 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. George Allen voted against the the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

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

George Allen 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. George Allen voted against the amendment to require background checks at all events.

George Allen 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. George Allen voted against the 10 year extension of the assault weapons ban.

George Allen 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. George Allen voted against the amendment to require child safety devices.

George Allen voted against the amendment to require child safety devices.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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-109; Bill Number-S 3275; Concealed Carry Reciprocity - Prime Sponsor

Amends the federal criminal code to permit a nonresident of a state to carry a concealed firearm (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in that state if such nonresident: (1) is not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm; and (2) is carrying a valid permit issued by a state permitting such person to carry a concealed firearm.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2599; Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 would have prohibited any U.S. officer or employee, or person operating under color of federal law, under control of a federal official, or providing services to such person, while acting in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency, from: (1) seizing, or authorizing seizure of, any firearm the possession of which is not prohibited under federal or state law, other than for forfeiture in compliance with federal law or as evidence in a criminal investigation; (2) requiring registration of any firearm for which registration is not required by federal or state law; (3) prohibiting possession of any firearm in any place or by any person where such possession is not otherwise prohibited; or (4) prohibiting the carrying of a firearm by any person otherwise authorized to carry firearms, solely because such person is operating under the direction, control, or supervision of a federal agency in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency.

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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