My intention with this thread is not to start a political debate; and I hope the Mods and members will keep that in mind. I would just like to provide a handy, easily reference factual resource where we can check candidate statements and actions on Second Amendment related issues. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT: ====================================== Hillary Clinton Voted for Kennedy Ammo Ban in 2004 - which was designed to ban centerfire rifle ammo (Sen. Kennedy specifically called out .30-30 as "armor-piercing" when introducing it) Voted for AWB in 2004 Supports assault weapons bans, magazine bans and gun control generally Long, long, long history of support for gun control including support for gun owner licensing, registration, bans, 25% tax on ammo and firearms, and other restrictive measures Bernie Sanders Voted to ban and confiscate semi-auto firearms in 2013 Voted to ban normal capacity magazines in 2013 Voted for registration/UBCs in 2013 Mixed long-term record on gun control as Governor of Vermont, solidly anti-gun as Senator Worked with NRA to get elected as Governor of Vermont Martin O'Malley Favors registration and ban on semi-auto firearms Long anti-gun record Supports more restrictions on firearms, including mandatory smart gun technology James Webb Only Dem Presidential candidate with a remotely pro-2A record NRA "A" grade as Senate candidate in 2006 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT (Top 7 only) ============================================= Donald Trump Supported mandatory waiting periods and bans on semi-auto firearms as Reform Party Candidate in 2000 Adopts more pro-2A stance in 2015 Roanoke shooting a mental health problem, not a gun problem Jeb Bush Consistently supported NRA legislation as Governor of Florida NRA member since 1986 Showed poor understanding of Second Amendment, 10th Amendment, Constitution, and gave vague platitudes of support for gun control in Colbert show appearance (clip was later cut from Colbert show but made it to Youtube Carly Fiorina Says all the right things for pro-2A supporters (and articulately); but has no voting record to back it up. Ben Carson Mixed record of statements both supporting and opposing Second Amendment - weak on semi-auto weapons Ted Cruz Takes on Tavis Smiley after Charleston shooting supporting 2A NRA meeting interview with Cruz Lead author of the Amicus Brief for States in support of pro-2A Heller decision Marc Rubio Rated B+ by NRA, generally pro-2A Scott Walker Generally opposes gun control ================================ With 17 major Republican candidates who have extensive records, I can't possibly cover all of the candidates well. Just giving a blow-by-blow account of Hillary's decades long support of gun control measures that would turn your hair white would keep me busy for days. If you have factual references to the candidates view on the Second Amendment (statements to the press or public, or even better - actual votes on these issues) please share them in this thread so that we can all be better informed. At the same time, please refrain from making this a thread about political opinion rather than political fact. There is a ton of factual information that describes the candidates intentions towards the Second Amendment quite well. We don't need to guess at it or give opinions on what might happen when we have plenty of examples of how they did behave to look at.