Barack Obama opposes the right for Americans to own firearms
Obama supports Federal Legislation that would repeal every State Concealed Carry Law
Obama supports severe restrictions on your right to purchase guns at gun shows
Obama opposes the "Gun Show Loophole"
Obama supports a complete handgun ban
Obama has introduced legislation that will raises taxes on guns and ammunition 500 percent
Obama was director of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation
Obama voted several times to allow prosecution of a person using a gun in defense of their home
Obama supports frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Obama has voted to allow only one gun purchase a month
Obama opposes the re-sale of any gun that was originally issued to Law Enforcement personnel
Obama supports laws that prohibit inexpensive guns
Obama believes the Washington DC Handgun Law is unconstitutional
Obama has proposed closing any gun store near a school or park
Obama supports a waiting period on all handgun purchases
Obama voted to ban most types of ammunition used by rifle hunters
Obama supports mandatory training for anyone that wants to purchase any firearm
Obama has voted to eliminate ownership of any semi-automatic handgun
Obama has voted to ban all forms of single shot, double barrel, and semi-automatic shotguns
Obama wants to reinstate the failed Clinton Gun Ban
Obama has opposed all Supreme Court Nominees that support the Second Amendment
The Barack Obama Gun Control Plan will increase crime by 50 percent or more
In an April 7, 2008 interview with Fox News reporter John Lott, Obama stated " I don't believe people should be able to own guns". He made light of this comment later in his Presidential campaign when his anti-gun reputation became more public. When he was asked about the comment in a later Fox News interview he tried to retract the statement, but was unable to convince anyone of his anti-gun views.
In 2004, Barack Obama stated "I oppose concealed carry laws and would back Federal Legislation that would ban Americans from carrying concealed weapons, with the exception of law enforcement officers". He also stated "A Federal carry ban was needed to prevent other states flawed concealed weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents". This Legislation he proposed would make it illegal for any individual in the United States to carry a concealed weapon. Illinois is one of only two states in the country that prohibit any type of gun carry permits. In the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama once stated "I think this is an excellent idea that we would create a felony offense and a misdemeanor offense, depending on the kinds of weapons you're carrying. Basically, the provision would say that there are category one weapons: handguns, sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles, other firearms that are small enough to store on their person, that to unlawfully possess and carry these weapons would be a felony; but, on the other hand, if you were going to be carrying a rifle or shotgun, a spring gun, other firearm that were used for hunting, then that would be a misdemeanor".
In an April 21, 2008 interview with the Chicago Sun Times, Barack Obama stated "We've got to tighten up our gun laws. I've said before we should have a much tougher background check system, one that's much more effective and make sure there aren't loopholes out there like the gun show loophole". Barack Obama wants to put strict limitations on individuals rights to purchase guns at gun shows.
Barack Obama opposes the Gun Show Loophole which allows individuals to sell guns at gun shows to other individuals without conducting a background check through the National Criminal Background Check System. This will eliminate an individual's right to purchase a gun from another individual at any gun show throughout the country. Unless you have a Federal Firearms Dealer License, you will not be allowed to purchase or sell your guns at gun shows.
While running for the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama completed an Illinois Voter Questionnaire that stated he "Supports Illinois legislation that bans the manufacture, possession and sale of handguns". His campaign later tried to convince voters his staff filled out the questionnaire incorrectly, but the statement was clearly written in Barack Obama's handwriting.
As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama introduced legislation that would raise taxes on guns and ammunition to 500 percent. Federal Tax Rates on guns and ammunition are currently at 11 percent. Under Barack Obama's Gun Control Plan, a box of ammunition that now costs 20 dollars will soon cost 100 dollars. A 400 dollar gun will soon cost over 2000 dollars. A Specialty or Limited Edition Gun that now can be purchased for $2,500 will cost over $12,500. This will not only keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of most Americans, it will bankrupt most gun and ammunition manufacturers who will see their sales become nearly non-existent
The Joyce Federation supports radical anti gun groups throughout the United States. Under Barack Obama's leadership, the Joyce Foundation has contributed over $18,000,000 to several anti gun organizations including the Violence Policy Center and the Soros Open Society, which supports a worldwide ban on the manufacturer, sale, and possession of firearms. Under Barack Obama's leadership, the Joyce Federation helped introduce legislation that allowed frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers that was designed to bankrupt the gun industry.
In 2003 a man in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette shot a violent repeat offender in his home. After shooting the repeat offender, the homeowner was charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Because of this incident, legislation was quickly introduced in the Illinois State Legislature that would allow a person to avoid prosecution when they are using a firearm in self defense. On four separate occasions, Barack Obama voted to allow the home owner to be prosecuted for possession of a firearm. Barack Obama supports the prosecution of any person that uses a firearm in self defense or in the defense of their family's home.
In 1998, the Joyce Foundation, once led by Barack Obama, and a group of anti-gun advocates introduced legislation that allowed people to file frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers in an effort to bankrupt the firearms industry. In 2005, after seven years of hard work, the National Rifle Association helped pass the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act. This new law prohibits politically motivated lawsuits against gun manufacturers and was strongly opposed by both Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Both Senators voted against the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act.
In 2003, State Senator Barack Obama voted yes on a law that would allow Illinois residents to purchase no more than one gun a month. This anti gun legislation was just one of many anti gun laws Barack Obama has supported throughout his personal and political career.
Obama opposes letting Municipal, State, of Federal Governments sell there used guns to the general public. These Government equipment sales have allowed Americans to obtain firearms that are normally in excellent condition for a fraction of the cost of buying them new. This is another of Obama's tactics that will keep firearms out of the hands of law abiding Americans with lower than average incomes.
In 1999 as an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama proposed banning affordable handguns known as junk guns. Keeping guns unaffordable is only one of the many ways Barack Obama believes he can keep guns out of law abiding American's hands.
When the United State Supreme Court was deciding whether or not to overturn Washington DC's handgun ban, over 300 members of Congress signed a document supporting the repeal of the DC handgun ban. Barack Obama and Joe Biden would not sign the document that supported an individuals Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Barack Obama stated he thought reversal of the DC handgun ban was "Unconstitutional".
In 1999, State Senator Barack Obama stated there should be a federal law banning any gun store located within 5 miles from any school or park. This idea of banning gun stores would close over 90% of gun stores in America. It would eliminate gun stores in every major American city's metropolitan area and allow gun stores to operate only in the most remote parts of the country.
During Obama's tenure as a State Senator, and United State Senator, he has voted for every law that requires waiting periods on all handgun purchases. Most of the laws he supported required hand gun purchasers to apply for a hand gun buying permit, then wait 30 days before being able to purchase the hand gun. Joe Biden has also supported handgun waiting periods throughout his career.
In 2005 as a United States Senator, Barack Obama voted for a law introduced by Edward Kennedy that would ban on all center-fire rifle ammunition used for hunting. The ATF studied this issue and rejected it as "flawed gun legislation". If this law would have passed you would no longer be allowed use any type of center-fire ammunition, whether it was used for hunting, target shooting, or home defense. Thankfully, John McCain and several other gun ownership advocates in Congress were able to block this reckless ammunition ban.
As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama has voted yes on all legislation that requires mandatory training before a person is allowed to purchase a firearm.
Barack Obama supports a bill that bans the manufacturer of all semi-automatic handguns. This bill was introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy and would eliminate your right to purchase any semi-automatic handgun. This bill is known as another "Common Sense" bills that Barack Obama has and will always support. As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama supported a ban on all forms of semiautomatic weapons and voted for tighter restrictions on firearms.
In 2003, Barrack Obama voted in favor of a bill that would ban all single shot, double barrel, most semi-automatic shotguns, along with several models of rifles and handguns. If this Illinois law would of went into effect, and Illinois resident that still possessed these guns 90 days after the law went into effect would be charged with a felony. This is very similar to the Australian gun ban that criminalized hundreds of thousands of law abiding Australian gun owners.
In October of 2004, Barack Obama said "I think it is a scandal that President Bush did not authorize a renewal of the Clinton Gun Ban." Barack Obama is expected to push very hard to renew the ban on assault weapons. Joe Biden has also authored similar gun ban legislation.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden both voted against the confirmation of Samuel Alito Jr. and John Roberts. Barack Obama also stated that he would of opposed Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. All four Supreme Court Justice's ardently support the Second Amendment and are powerful allies of American gun owners. During Barack Obama's Presidency, he is expected to nominate at least 3 new Supreme Court Judges. The nominees that Obama supports will surely oppose American's Rights to Keep and Bear Arms under the Second Amendment.
Statistics from other countries with anti gun laws have shown Barack Obama's Gun Plan will increase the amount of crimes committed in the United States. When Australia recently implemented a complete ban on guns, they forcefully removed over 600,000 guns from lawful gun owners. Within the first year of the gun ban, Australia saw a 300 percent increase in gun homicides and a 44 percent increase in burglaries. After the Washington DC Handgun Ban went into effect in 1977, our Nation's Capitol saw violent crimes increase by 400 percent. Gun Control Does Not Work