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Gun Control


We believe that the Constitution does guarantee individual citizens the right to bear arms.  

Like many other rights, this one is not absolute. Federal, state, and local governments have the right to regulate the sale of guns to prevent them from falling into the hands of convicted felons and the mentally unstable.  We also believe they have the right to restrict the sale of certain kinds of weapons ranging from bombs and bomb making equipment to assault weapons and bump stocks that convert weapons to be fully automatic.  We believe that governments should exercise these rights carefully and they should not fall prey to the conventional wisdom that guns cause violence or that banning their sale will prevent their presence. The experience of Washington, D.C., and other major cities, suggests that such bans do not, necessarily, reduce gun violence. 

We support sentencing guidelines that impose longer sentences for crimes committed using guns.



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