Democratic Candidate’s Positions on Gun Control (O’Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Sestak)

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Beto O’Rourke: O’Rourke is a former member of the US House of Representatives for the state of Texas (2013-2019).

  • O’Rourke believes in universal background checks and wants to limit assault weapons
  • Does not believe that states need to recognize each other’s conceal and carry permits.
  • Wants to close gun ownership loopholes
  • Wants to give the CDC the ability to study gun violence

Tim Ryan: Ryan is a member of the US House of Representatives serving the state of Ohio. Ryan was first elected in 2013.

  • Ryan went from having an “A” rating with the NRA to being a gun control advocate.
  • Ryan gave a matching donation of all of his NRA donations to gun control organizations

Bernie Sanders: Sanders has been a Senator from the state of Vermont since 2007. Before that he was a member of the House of Representatives serving Vermont’s at large district from 1991-2007.

  • Sanders wants to ban assault weapons (more than 10 rounds being fired at one time)
  • Sanders wants automatic background checks
  • Wants to close the gun show loophole
  • Believes it’s OK to sue gun manufacturers if they sell for misuse
  • Voted against the Brady Bill
  • Sanders has a long voting record when it comes to guns. He is for gun control and instant background checks.
  • Sanders is rated “F” by the NRA

Joe Sestak: Sestak is a former member of the US House of Representatives serving the state of Pennsylvania from 2007-2011

  • Wanted to extend the ban on assault weapons
  • Signed a House Bill to close the gun show loophole
  • Has an “F” rating with the NRA

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