Where the Republican Presidential Candidates Stand on Guns

Where the Front-runner stands: Trump pledges nationwide concealed carry

Although the mainstream media would like you to believe he hasn’t put out any actual polices, earlier this week Donald Trump pledged his support for nationwide conceal carry.

Trump on Gun Control

Trump’s 2nd amendment policy plan, titled “Protecting our Second Amendment rights will make America great again”, proposes a “National Right to Carry” law – something I would argue already exists under the second amendment, but hey, at least we have some candidates finally acknowledging our right to carry.

In his policy plan Trump says, “The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states.”

While I’m glad to see Trump has become more pro-gun over the years, it does concern me that back in 2000, when he released his book, The America We Deserve, he wrote, “Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”

Since he wrote those words in 2000, he has distanced himself from those remarks. In his current policy paper he wrote:

“Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”

Where do the Republican Candidates stand on Gun Rights?

Unfortunately, the Mainstream Media has done a horrible job covering where any of these Republican Candidates really stand on the issues, especially on guns. Fortunately, the U.K. Telegraph did a pretty good job finding out which of the original 17 candidates even own a firearm – something that at least gives you some idea on where they stand.

Of the 17 candidates, only three didn’t own a gun — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Carly Fiorina, though her husband owns several. For me, this automatically makes anything the three of them say on this issue meaningless — except possibly Fiorina since she does have guns in her home. Frankly, I’m pretty sick of seeing establishment candidates like Jeb Bush stand up in front of the NRA and get a pass. If you’re not a gun owner, then stop pretending to be part of that community.

Republican Presidential Candidates who own guns

Jeb Bush: Although he earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, Jeb Bush is one of the only Republican candidates who does not own a gun. Frankly, I think the NRA is playing politics, which is a shame because they should really stick to supporting strong 2nd amendment candidates instead of establishment Republicans who don’t even own a gun.

Bush recently made some controversial remarks on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he stated that each state had the right to do whatever they wanted with their gun laws – something that flies right in the face of the 2nd amendment. This is one right that the States do not have under the Constitution; maybe Mr. Bush doesn’t understand the part that reads “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

Ted Cruz: Cruz owns a .357 Magnum revolver and a Beretta Silver Pigeon II hunting shotgun. He has been a longtime supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and has been on the winning side of two landmark pro-gun Supreme Court cases when he was solicitor general of Texas.

Cruz recently gained the endorsement of Gun Owners of America, because of his”“willingness to fight for our Second Amendment rights.” It’s obvious that Senator Cruz follows the Constitution, not a political party,” Tim Macy, chairman of the GOA political action committee, said in a statement.  

Mike Huckabee: Huckabee owns a number of guns. He claims he bought his first firearm, a .22 rifle, when he was nine years-old. He was the first American Governor with a conceal carry permit, and is an avid hunter.

In his most recent book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy he wrote that “in the world that I come from and choose to live in, ‘gun control’ means that you hit the target”.

Rand Paul: Paul is a gun owner, and has been an avid defender of the 2nd amendment. In fact, he seems to be even more pro-second amendment than the NRA –who didn’t invite him to their latest convention because of this support for the group Gun Owners of America, a pro-gun group that bills itself as a more conservative alternative to the NRA.

Both Rand and Ron Paul have been long-time supporters of Gun Owners of America, who have a Ron Paul Quote in the header of their website that reads, “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”

Carly Fiorina: Although not a gun owner herself, her husband does own a number of firearms. In a message prepared for NRA members, she said the 2nd amendment is not about hunting, skeet-shooting or even protecting yourself from an intruder. She said she supports the 2nd amendment because it is our “God-given right and our Constitutional right.”

While that prepared speech sounds nice, it seems Carly Fiorina has supported some pretty radical anti-gunners in the past, including Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. In fact, Fiorina even donated money to Hillary while she was at HP. In a 2008 People Magazine interview, Fiorina said of Clinton,  “She’s smart, she’s hardworking, she’s giving it all she’s got.”

Rick Santorum: Santorum owns a number of firearms and has a pretty good voting history on firearms. That being said, he has supported background checks on private sales at gun shows and trigger lock legislation.

Bobby Jindal: Jindal is a supporter of the 2nd amendment but doesn’t have enough of a voting record to really judge what he would do as President.

Marco Rubio: Rubio says he owns a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver and shoots about 2-3 times a year. That being said, he didn’t buy the gun until he ran for senate in 2010, and his record has been pretty sketchy.

Although the NRA has given him an A rating, back when he was running for the Senate in Florida he said he supported “reasonable restrictions” on guns, including background checks and waiting periods. He also refused to support a Florida measure that would have allowed employees to carry at work. He also voted for a gun ban while he was a commissioner in West Miami City. Although he continues to deny it, video footage has emerged showing the actual vote from the March 3, 1999 commission meeting that clearly shows Rubio voting for the Gun Ban.

Donald Trump: We know Trump owns a handgun and has a valid conceal carry permit, but beyond that we are not really sure. In an Interview with NBC, he told a reporter that it was none of her business when she tried to press him on what kind of gun he owned. The rest of his record is covered at the beginning of this article, including a link to his current campaign policy plan.

Lindsey Graham: Graham is a gun owner with a pretty good record of support on gun issues. That being said, his insistence on working with anti-gun Democrats and turning his back on Conservatives is something that should raise alarm bells. He helped President Obama confirm a number of radical anti-gunners, including Leftist Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

Ben Carson: While Ben Carson claims to be “extremely pro-second amendment,” his past comments suggest he is hardly an avid supporter of 2nd amendment rights. In a 2013 interview, Carson said that your ability to own a gun should be based on where you live. During that interview he said, “It depends on where you live. I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it. If you live out in the country somewhere by yourself, I have no problem.”

Republican Candidates with Horrible records when it comes to supporting the 2nd Amendment.

Anti-gun Republicans

John Kasich: Although his campaign would like you to believe he is a strong supporter of gun owner’s rights, Kasich voted for Bill Clinton’s 1994 “ban” on so-called assault weapons.

Chris Christie: As Governor of New Jersey, Christie helped push through a number of gun control measures, supported strict laws against concealed weapons, and opposed the “right-to-carry reciprocity” bill — a bill that would have allowed anyone with a valid permit to carry in their home state the same right in any other state.

George Pataki: Pataki signed numerous pieces of anti-gun legislation as Governor of New York, including bans on semi-automatic rifles, bans on standard capacity magazines, a law that raised the legal age of gun purchases from 18 to 21, and a bill that required a record of each gun’s ballistics.

13 Comments

  1. JAS
    September 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    The NRA seems to be turning into a money making political group more and more and supporting the right candidates less and less. I would also like to hear more about the candidates are going to keep guns away from the nut jobs in this country or we are all going to loose our rights. I personally would like to see them do away with some of this doctor/patient confidentiality and make it a requirement that if a doctor diagnosis you with certain mental diseases or prescribes you with certain drugs, they must report this to the government. Until this happens, all of the background checks in the world aren’t going to stop the nuts from getting guns. If you are diagnosed with epilepsy, they are required to report you to the state and they take your drivers license away. I’ll be damned if I want to loose my gun rights, just so some nut job can keep his disease private.

    • Vegas Jim
      September 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      So your solution would be to do away with privacy laws and allow unelected bureaucrats and/or doctors to determine if your “mentally fit enough” to exercise your God given right and own a weapon? Kind of like the VA and Social Security Administration are doing right now to law abiding citizens for no reason whatsoever. Who’s gonna stop your liberal progressive doctor from diagnosing you with a case of extreme stress that might require the forced surrender of your guns? Congratulations, you just won the award for stupid sheep leg of the week. Here’s your sign!

  2. VT Mike
    September 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for posting this, we get to see where these posers really stand.

    • Off Grid Survival
      September 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      No problem… All to often these people get a pass from gun owners simply because they are Republican. As gun owners we need to look at their actual voting records or whether they even own a gun.

  3. Jake
    September 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    It is absolutely true that you cannot negotiate and be reasonable with the rabid Liberal gun grabbers. Any compromise simply brings them that much closer to their ultimate goal of taking all guns away. They just flat out don’t want you to have guns. The government wants you guns so you can be more easily controlled. So thank God for the NRA. And yes, it takes money to fight these Liberal maniacs and they need plenty of it, but no group protects our guns rights like the NRA and they deserve all the help we can provide.

  4. B from CA
    September 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Passing a law forbidding gun ownership will work just like passing a law forbidding people from drinking alcohol. So bring in the flappers because it’s going to be a roaring good time at the speak easy tonight.

  5. TheMageKing
    September 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I think high capacity mags-100 bullets or more- for guns that can empty out those mags. in a minute or less are a bad idea. Two resons: those guns can kill many, many pepole before anyone can lift a finger, and two, those guns are used, wastefuly, by many hunters nowadays. They unleash 200 bullets at a deer and win without skill or work. Eliminate those fools, and our lives will be much easier when SHTF. Oh, and a bit longer of a wait wont hurt either.

    • Shootit
      September 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

      What? Magazines are limited in most hunting situations to 3 shells for migratory water foul and 5 for most large game applications by law. Besides no sane hunter is going to hump that kind of added ammo weight through the woods or up a mountain. Those large magazines are also bulky, pain to load, and get hung up on everything. You need to get out in the field more and rely less on your “experts” in the media.

    • TheSouthernNationalist
      October 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

      @TheMageKing, your comment about hunters using 100 round mags to hunt with is nonsense, its not allowed by law, all hunters know this.

    • Vagabond1248
      December 1, 2015 at 7:20 am

      I’m sorry, but the next time you have a thought keep it to yourself. That is seriously the most retarded thing I’ve seen posted in a while. You obviously don’t hunt, or even know anyone that does. What kind of a moron honestly believes hunters are out in the wild with high capacity mags throwing rounds down range like its a war zone. Please go play in traffic, jackass.

  6. TheSouthernNationalist
    October 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

    A nice gesture Mr.Trump however, its the States that will decide this measure.

  7. Chish
    November 11, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Lindsey Graham is given an “A” by the NRA. This is why the NRA doesn’t get any money from me. Graham is a backstabbing RINO that had a photo-shoot staged at Palmetto State Armory with him firing what appears to be an AR-15. Days later, he accepted $250K from anti-gun nut job Mike Bloomberg for his Senatorial re-election. Weall know what Graham is, don’t let the NRA put lipstick on a pig and expect us to support him because of it.

    • Off Grid Survival
      November 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      One of the many reasons I do not donate to them. They have become far to weak on to many 2nd amendment issues.

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