NH GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen: “ I am convinced that Barack Obama’s comments about ‘ bitter ’ Americans who ‘ cling ’ to their guns represent his true beliefs about the right of gun ownership and about people who own guns, whether for self-defense or recreation. Obama’s views and his record run directly counter to what w e stand for here in the Granite State . ”


Obama Has Come Out In Support Of Banning Handguns, Hunting Firearms And “Assault Weapons”:

In 1996 Obama Indicated That He Supported Banning The “Manufacture, Sale And Possession Of Handguns.” Question: “Do you support state legislation to … ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?” Obama’s Response: “Yes.” (Independent Voters Of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization 1996 General Candidate Questionnaire, BarackObama Responses, 9/9/96)

  • During 4/16 Dem. Debate, Obama Falsely Claimed His Handwriting Did Not Appear On Questionnaire. “Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise. … When asked about the gun questionnaire with the handwriting on it, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs did not dispute that the writing was Obama’s .” (Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib, “Obama Forgets Writing On Gun Questionnaire,” ABC News’ “Political Radar” Blog, www.abcnews.com , 4/16/08)

Professor John Lott Recalls Obama Stating: “I Don’t Believe That People Should Be Able To Own Guns.” John Lott: “In fact, I knew Obama during the mid-1990s, and his answers to IVI’s question on guns fit well with the Obama that I knew. Indeed, the first time Iintroduced myself to him he said ‘Oh, you are the gun guy.’ I responded ‘Yes, I guess so.’ He simply responded that ‘I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.’” (JohnR. Lott, Jr., “Obama And Guns: Two Different Views,” Fox News , www.foxnews.com , 4/7/08)

In 2003, Obama Voted In Support Of Legislation That “Would Have Banned Most Of The Privately Held Hunting Shotguns, Target Rifles, And Black Powder Rifles” In Illinois. “[I]n 2003,Obama voted in support of SB1195, which, if passed, would have banned most of the privately held hunting shotguns, target rifles, and black powder rifles in the state. If the ban was enacted, law enforcement officials would have been authorized to forcibly enter private homes to confiscate newly banned firearms.” (Illinois State Rifle Association, “ISRA Blasts Candidate Obama On His Record OfHostility Toward Law-Abiding Firearm Owners,” Press Release, 8/24/04)

Obama Supported Banning “The Sale Or Transfer Of All Forms Of Semi-Automatic Weapons.” According to his responses to an Illinois State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test, Obama pledged to “Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” (Project Vote Smart Website, www.votesmart.org , Accessed 3/5/08)

In A 2004 Questionnaire, Obama Supported Banning “Assault Weapons.” Question: “Do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of …assault weapons?” Obama’s Response: “Yes.” (LynnSweet, “Obama’s 2003 IVI-IPO Questionnaire May Be Getting Closer Scrutiny,” Chicago Sun-Times’ “The Scoop FromWashington” Blog, http://blogs.suntimes.com ,12/11/07)


Obama’s Litany of Anti-Gun Positions:

Obama Believes The DC Gun Ban Is Constitutional. “ Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.” (JamesOliphant and Michael J. Higgins, “Court To Hear Gun Case,” Chicago Tribune , 11/20/07)

Running For The U.S. Senate In 2004, Obama Advocated National Gun-Control Legislation. “On the issue of prohibiting citizens from carrying concealed weapons, Obama said he believes national legislation should be passed to ‘prevent other states’ laws [allowing citizens to conceal their guns] from threatening the safety of Illinois residents.’” (JohnChase, “Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns,” Chicago Tribune , 9/15/04)

Obama Opposed Concealed Carry in His 2004 Senate Race. Obama: “I mean, I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry.” (DavidMendell, “Obama Has Center In His Sights,” Chicago Tribune , 4/27/04)

In 2001, Obama Voted Against A Bill To Allow Individuals To Carry A Concealed Weapon When They Have A Valid Order Of Protection Out Against Another Person. (S.B. 604,Senate Floor Third Reading, Failed, 29-27-0, 4/4/01, Obama Voted Nay)

Obama Was Director Of A Foundation Which Spent Millions On Gun-Control Causes. “Adding even further skepticism to Obama’s claim of support for the 2nd Amendment is his previous service as a director of the Joyce Foundation. Since 2000, the Joyce Foundation has provided over $15 Million in funding to radical gun control organizations such as the Violence Policy Center and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. The Joyce Foundation is tightly linked to the Soros Open Society Institute -- an extremist group that advocates a worldwide ban on civilian firearm ownership.” (Illinois State Rifle Association, “ISRA Blasts Candidate Obama On His Record Of Hostility Toward Law-Abiding Firearm Owners,” Press Release, 8/24/04)

In 2004, Obama Voted Against Self-Defense Rights. “[Obama] opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes. The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man who, after shooting an intruder, was charged with a handgun violation.” (“Obama Record May Be Gold Mine For Critics,” TheAssociated Press , 1/17/07)

Obama Supported Onerous Requirements on Gun Shop Owners:

In 2005, ObamaVoted Twice To Hold Manufacturers, Distributors, Dealers And Importers Of Firearms And Ammunition Liable For The Acts Of Criminals. (S. 397, CQVote #206: Motion Agreed To 66-32: R 53-1; D 13-30; I 0-1, 7/26/05, Obama VotedNay; S. 397, CQ Vote #219: Passed 65-31: R 50-2; D 14-29; I 1-0, 7/29/05, ObamaVoted Nay)

Obama Pressed To Require Gun Owners To Supply Photos And Fingerprints To State Officials. “ Sen. Barack Obama of Chicago called the Democrats’ proposed crackdown ‘not only constitutional, but eminently reasonable.’ … The proposals would: … Make gunowners apply in person for Firearm Owner Identification cards and supply their photos and fingerprints.” (Sean Noble,“Senate Democrats’ Proposals Take Aim At Weapons Control,” The [Springfield,IL] State Journal-Register , 2/15/01)

Obama Has Expressed His Continued Support For Registration and Licensing. Obama: “ I’ll continue to be in favor of handgun law registration requirements and licensing requirements for training…” (Chinta Strausberg, “Obama And Trotter Takes Aim At IRA For Waging Unjust Campaign,” Chicago Defender , 7/5/01)

Obama Received Failing Grades From The National Rifle Association:

In 2004, 2002 And 1998, Obama Received “F” Ratings From The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. The NRA has given Obama 3 “F’s.” (National Rifle Association Political Victory FundWebsite, www.nrapvf.org , Accessed 1/8/08; National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund Website, www.nrapvf.org ,Accessed 1/8/08; 1998 Illinois National Rifle Association Political VictoryFund Political Preference Chart, p.2)



Obama Wanted To Ban Gun Shops From Being Within Five Miles Of A School Or Park, But Refused to Place Similar Restrictions On Porn Shops:

At An Anti-Gun Rally, Obama Proposed Federal Gun Control Legislation That Included Restrictions On The Placement Of Gun Stores. “[Obama is] proposing that all federally licensed gun dealers sell firearms in a storefront and not from their homes while banning their business from being within five miles of a school or a park.” (Chinta Strausberg, “Obama Unveils Federal Gun Bill,” Chicago Defender , 12/13/99)

  • But In 2001, Obama Voted “Present” On A Bill To Place Similar Restrictions On Adult Establishments. In 2001, Obama refused to support a bill restricting “adult use” establishments by prohibiting locations of such establishments within 1000 feet of schools, parks, places of worship, preschools, day cares and other residential areas. (S.B. 609: Senate Floor Third Reading, Failed, 33-15-05, 3/29/01, Obama Voted Present)

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