Report Card. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Gun Control
Here is a history of Senator Gillibrand’s positions on gun control.
Pro Gun Quotes
“If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right.” “It’s political rhetoric that’s sucking you in to believe that hunters owning a gun or an American citizen who wants to protect his home owning a gun somehow increases gun violence.” 2009 link to source
Tighter Gun Policy Quotes
“It’s not “too soon” to talk about solutions to end gun violence in this country. I reject that notion. The time to talk about them is now—today, tomorrow, and every day after, until we confront this epidemic.” 2018 link to source
“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities. And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong—you know I only had the lens of upstate New York.” 2018 link to source
“What it’s about is the power of the NRA and the greed of that industry. Let’s be clear. It is not about hunters’ rights, it’s about money.” 2018 link to source
“We are here to serve the people that sent us here, not to serve the organizations and companies and lobbyists that demand political retribution when we do the morally right thing. It is a false choice to say that we cannot end gun violence without violating people’s constitutional rights. I strongly agree with my colleagues that we need to improve the mental health system but it should not stop there. We have to address the fact that we have weapons of war on our street today, that it is so easy for people to buy a gun, for people who should never have that privilege. Let’s vote to ban semi automatic assault rifles. Let’s vote to ban high magazine, high-capacity magazines and let’s vote to pass universal background checks. Let’s vote to allow this CDC to conduct research on gun violence so we can finally have the information and data we need to fight gun violence, and let’s pass a law to finally make gun trafficking a federal crime. There is no federal law to stop someone from loading his truck with guns in Georgia, driving up the i-95 and selling them in a parking lot in the bronx, directly to gang members.” 2018 link to source
“We can no longer sweep the conversation about access to guns under the rug, it is time to demand real solutions. But in Washington, old and tired political battles have prevented progress. Like far too often in this town, partisans talk past each other, and nothing gets done. The moment someone proposes a solution, it is labeled pro-gun or anti-gun, people run to their respective corners, and nothing is accomplished. The truth is that supporting the Second Amendment and reducing gun violence are compatible and consistent. Responsible gun owners vehemently oppose the kind of gun violence afflicting the streets of America. But when gun owners and non-gun owners leap to their opposite corners, we give up our ability to thoughtfully analyze the challenges and forge an honest debate. As someone who believes in the Constitution and an individual’s right to bear arms, I believe the first place we should look for answers is in the Second Amendment itself, which says, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The words “well-regulated” prove the Founding Fathers themselves understood the need to have reasonable limits. So we must come together around common-sense solutions. We should be able to agree that no American should have access to the high-capacity ammunition clips made for our military. We should be able to agree on closing the gun-show loophole and banning military-style weapons that have no recreational sports use. And it is well past time to crack down on illegal gun traffickers and their criminal networks, so that we can stop the flow of illegal guns. Every day, illegal guns are flowing into cities around the country. Here in New York City, nearly 90% of the guns used in gun crimes come from out of state, and 90% of these guns are estimated to be illegal. Yet while local law enforcement agencies work overtime to track down these weapons, federal law still restricts their ability to investigate and prosecute those who traffic these firearms. The absence of any federal law defining gun trafficking in this country is shocking. We have thousands of laws, but effectively none of them are directly focused on preventing someone from Virginia from driving to New York City, parking their car in a parking lot, and selling hundreds of firearms out of the back of their trunk to criminals.” 2012 link to source
Voted Against Prohibiting the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Arms Trade Treaty obligates members to monitor arms exports and ensure weapons don’t cross arms embargoes or end up being used for human-rights abuses, including terrorism. 2013
Voted Against Authorizing certain individuals to carry a concealed firearm in any state that authorizes carrying concealed firearms by its residents. 2013
Voted For Prohibiting the sale, exchange, and manufacture of high-capacity magazines. 2013
- Prohibits an individual from importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a “large capacity ammunition feeding device. Defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has an overall capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
- Exempts devices otherwise lawfully possessed on or before the date of the bill’s enactment.
- Requires large capacity ammunition feeding device manufacturers to engrave identification markings on any devices manufactured after the date of enactment.
- Exempts certain agencies or individuals from the provisions of this bill, including, but not limited to;
- A department or agency of the United States
- A department or agency of a state
- An individual who is a qualified federal or state law enforcement officer
- An individual who retired in good standing from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving ammunition.
Legislation that’s in the middle
Voted For Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act 2013
- An amendment to the background check process requiring a background check for firearm transfers made at gun shows or on the internet.
- Prohibits a licensed firearms dealer from completing the transfer of a firearm to an unlicensed individual at a gun show or online until: the licensed firearms dealer has contacted the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the system has confirmed that the unlicensed individual is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.
- Appropriates $100 million for each fiscal year 2014 through 2017 for the reauthorization of the National Criminal History Records Improvement Program.
- Appropriates $100 million for each fiscal year 2014 through 2017 for grants used under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
- Requires grants dispersed under the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to be used to improve automation and transmission of records regarding mental health, criminal history, convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, court orders, mental health adjudications.
- Exempts the transfer of a firearm from the background check requirement if both individuals are unlicensed and reside in the same state, and the Attorney General has certified that the state’s requirements under law are generally equivalent to the requirements of this bill.
- Prohibits the Attorney General from centralizing any records regarding the acquisition, disposition, licensing, possession, or ownership of firearms.