“I support the Second Amendment as one of the most basic and fundamental rights of every American.” – Mitt Romney 9/21/07 at NRA Conference in Washington, D.C.
Summary: Mitt Romney on the Second Amendment
- Strong supporter of gun-owner’s rights.
- There is no need for more gun restrictions.
- Provided relaxed licensing requirements in Massachusetts.
- Require all new hunters to take a hunter’s safety course.
Videos: Mitt Romney on the Second Amendment
Mitt Romney Addresses NRA Convention part 1
June 9, 2008
Mitt Romney Addresses NRA Convention part 2
Mitt Romney Discusses Guns on Meet the Press
Quotes: Mitt Romney on the Second Amendment
Mitt Romney on the Second Amendment:
“I do support the Second Amendment. I would have signed the assault weapon ban that came to his desk. I said I would have supported that and signed a similar bill in our state. It was a bill worked out, by the way, between pro-gun lobby and anti-gun lobby individuals. Both sides of the issue came together and found a way to provide relaxation in licensing requirements and allow more people to–to have guns for their own legal purposes. So we signed that in Massachusetts, and I’d support that at the federal level. It did not pass at the federal level. I do not believe we need new legislation. I do not support any new legislation of an assault weapon ban nature, including that against semiautomatic weapons. We have laws in place that, if they’re implemented & enforced, will provide the protection and the safety of the American people. I do support the right of individuals to bear arms, whether for hunting purposes or for protection purposes or any other reasons. That’s the right that people have.” – 1/24/08 at Boca Raton, FL debate
Mitt Romney on Not Restricting Gun Ownership:
“No Constitutional protection is more often ignored, distorted, or disdained than the individual right to keep and bear arms. When demagogues promote policies that would disarm law-abiding citizens, it’s the NRA that says no way. The NRA has a better idea: enforce the laws that are on the books. And, let upright citizens defend themselves, their homes, and their freedoms.” – 5/15/09 at Phoenix, AZ debate
Mitt Romney on the Brady Bill:
“The Brady Bill has changed over time, and, of course, technology has changed over time. I would have supported the original assault weapon ban. I signed an assault weapon ban in Massachusetts governor because it provided for a relaxation of licensing requirements for gun owners in Massachusetts, which was a big plus. And so both the pro-gun and the anti-gun lobby came together with a bill, and I signed that. And if there is determined to be, from time to time, a weapon of such lethality that it poses a grave risk to our law enforcement personnel, that’s something I would consider signing. There’s nothing of that nature that’s being proposed today in Washington. But I would look at weapons that pose extraordinary lethality.” – 12/16/07 on Meet the Press