FACT: Barack Obama opposes four of the five Supreme Court
justices who affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms.
He voted against the confirmation of Alito and Roberts and he has
stated he would not have appointed Thomas or Scalia.17
FACT: Barack Obama voted for an Illinois State Senate bill to ban
and confiscate “assault weapons,” but the bill was so poorly crafted,
it would have also banned most semi-auto and single and double
barrel shotguns commonly used by sportsmen.18
FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits
designed to bankrupt the firearms industry.1
FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and
discredited Clinton Gun Ban.15
FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition
commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.3
FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a 500% increase in the federal
excise tax on firearms and ammunition.9
FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.2
FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago,
Washington, D.C., and other cities.4
FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the
criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense.5
FACT: Barack Obama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration.6
FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court Brief
in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.
FACT: Barack Obama opposes Right to Carry laws.7
FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors
of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for
anti-gun organizations and “research.”8
FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores
within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost
every gun store in America.9
FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the
state of Illinois did records searches on them.10
FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the
Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18,
a measure designed to assist young people in the military.11
FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines.12
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping.13
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods.2
FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment,
which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE
from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.14
FACT: Barack Obama supports one-gun-a-month handgun purchase restrictions.16
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns.9
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued
firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for replacement equipment.9
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training
requirements for all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership
for persons under the age of 21.9
1. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 219, July 29, 2005.
2. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization
general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on
this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on
liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 2008.
3. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 217, Kennedy
amendment July 29, 2005.
4. David Wright, Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common
Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political
Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com,
5. Illinois Senate, SB 2165, March 25, 2004, vote 20 and May 25,
2004, vote 3.
6. “Fact Check: No News In Obama's Consistent Record.”
Obama ’08, December 11, 2007.
7. “Candidates' gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote,”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, and "Keyes,
Obama Are Far Apart On Guns," Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04.
8. 1998 Joyce Foundation Annual Report, p. 7.
9. “Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from
the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999.
10. Illinois Senate, May 5, 2002, SB 1936 Con., vote 26.
11. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18.
12. “Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control,” Radio Iowa,
Sunday, April 22, 2007.
13. Chicago Tribune blogs, “Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for
action,” February 15, 2008,
14. Barack Obama campaign website: “As president, Barack
Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment . . .”
15. Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes
m and http://www.ontheissues.org/IL_2004_Senate_3rd.htm
16. Illinois Senate, May 16, 2003, HB 2579, vote 34.
17. United States Senate vote 245, September 29, 2005 and vote
2, January 31, 2006 and Saddleback Forum, August 16, 2008.
18. Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, March 13, 2003. To see
the vote tally go to: