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California Senate Election 2016: Where the Candidates Stand on Guns


The 2016 election is only a few days away and while everyone knows the presidential candidates’ stances on guns, for many the state elections, which can cause affect laws in each individual state just as much, if not more than the presidency. We here at USA Firearm Training believe that a well-informed populace is a strong one, so we are going to be sharing with you the Senate race in California and the stances of the candidates on guns, to give each of you a better idea where they stand.


California’s Senate race pits two Democrats against one another. Kamala Harris, the current California state Attorney General from Oakland is facing off against Loretta Sanchez, the current Congresswoman from California’s 47th district. A position that she has held since 2003.

Now let’s take a look at where each candidate stands on guns and gun control, by taking a look into their past, as well as statements from the candidates themselves.



Harris supports more restrictions on guns and would propose measures to “prevent dangerous people from obtaining guns, enhance background checks laws and renew the assault weapons ban.”

Harris said that she wants to bring a rational approach to issues such as drug policy and gun control that doesn’t cast them as all-or-nothing choices, though she has taken liberal positions on those issues. “It’s just pretty simple, reasonable stuff. If somebody has been convicted of a felony that proves them to be a dangerous person, they should not be able to own a gun. If somebody has been found by a court to be mentally ill to the point that they are a danger to themselves or other people they should not be able to own or possess a gun,” she said.

Harris scores an F from the NRA on pro-gun rights policies.



Loretta Sanchez supports “a national database to deter dangerous gun sales, documenting mental health evaluations and more uniform treatment of limits on magazine capacity.”

Sanchez voted to pass a bill that would prohibit liability lawsuits from being brought against gun manufacturers and dealers based on the criminal misuse of firearms. The bill would also block these actions from being brought up against gun trade organizations and against ammunition makers and sellers. The measure would apply immediately to any pending cases. Several specific exceptions to the ban exist. This includes civil suits would be allowed against a maker or dealer who “knowingly and willfully violated” state or federal laws in the selling or marketing of a weapon. Design and manufacturing defect lawsuits are also permitted when weapons are “used as intended.

She also supports more restrictions on guns.

Sanchez scores a D by the NRA on pro-gun rights policies

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