Gun Laws & Legislation

Good Riddance to Anti-gun Richard Lugar

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Michael Piccione
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Richard Lugar, who has been a fixture in Washington, DC since 1976, has been defeated by Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock for the Republican nomination for the US Senate. Mourdock will give gun owners a strong voice on Capitol Hill.

Senator Lugar has a long record of being anti-gun. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action compiled this list of Lugar’s attempts to restrict our Second Amendment rights:

  • He voted to confirm both Elena Kagan, and Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, one of only four Republican Senators to vote for both. (Vote 262, 8/6/2009, and Vote 229, 8/5/2010)
  • He voted to reinstate the ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles (Vote 24, 03/02/2004). He voted for the original semi-automatic firearm ban. (Vote 375, 11/17/1993)
  • He voted for passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in 2004 only after the semi-auto ban and gun show regulations had been added to the bill, making it unacceptable. (Vote 30, 3/2/2004). In 2005, he also voted for PLCAA, but he also supported a gutting amendment that failed. (Vote 208, 7/28/2005)
  • He voted for the Brady bill. (Vote 394, 11/20/1993)
  • He voted for campaign finance reform. (Vote 64, 4/2/2001)
  • He voted for legislation to regulate gun shows out of existence. (Vote 111, 5/20/1999, Vote 134, 5/20/1999 and Vote 25, 3/2/2004)
  • He voted to ban the importation of standard capacity magazines. (Vote 240, 7/28/1998, Vote 116, 5/13/1999)
  • He voted to mandate that a trigger lock be included with every handgun. (Vote 17, 2/26/2004)
  • He voted against interstate right to carry reciprocity. (Vote 237, 7/22/2009)
  • He voted against a bill to restore the Second Amendment rights to DC residents. (Vote 160, 2/26/2009)
  • He voted to commend the “Million Mom March”, which has called for gun registration, gun show restrictions, and the semi-auto ban. (Vote 104, 5/17/2000)
  • He voted to ban using the Internet to list a firearms for sale for anyone other than licensed dealers. (Vote 119, 5/14/1999)
  • He voted to ban hunting in the Mojave National Monument. (Vote 87, 4/12/1994)

Thanks to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action for all their hard work to defeat Lugar. This is a good reminder that not all Republicans are pro-gun and we need to stay vigilant to protect our gun rights.

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