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Thursday, 14 December 2006
 The Chicago Tribune

But the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he "...believes that we can recognize and respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constititional.

 ...the passage of legal protection for the gun industry would mark an enormous setback for gun control advocates and for leaders of cities such as Chicago, who have filed suit against gun dealers and manufacturers.

 Thus, while I may favor common-sense gun control laws, that doesn’t keep me from reaching out to NRA members who are worried about their lack of health insurance.

 I believe we need to renew--not roll back--this common sense gun law," Obama said. - In reference to the 1994 AWB.

  The Audacity of Hope, p.215 Oct 1, 2006

 I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer's lobby. 

 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

 Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:

  • Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
  • Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
  • Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.

 Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999

h/t: Volokh 

 Obama is proposing to make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home. 

He's proposing restricting gun purchases to one weapon a month and banning the sale of firearms at gun shows except for "antique" weapons. Obama is also proposing increasing the licensing fee to obtain a federal firearms license.      ....

 He's 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. He's also banning the sale of 'junk" handguns like the popular Saturday Night Specials.

 

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