Anthony Brindisi on Gun Control



Gun lobbying has ceased expanded background check efforts

In response to a reader question: "I think that there are a lot of things we can be doing to try to cut down on gun violence in our country," Brindisi said. "One area that I think we should start is an area where nine out of 10 Americans agree: expanded background checks." He added, "That's something most Americans support, but because of inaction in Congress nothing is happening with that...The House, because I think they are very beholden to the gun lobby, has not pushed any of those bills forward."
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard on 2018 Congressional NY-22 election , Oct 19, 2018

Gun control provisions burdensome on constituent's rights

In upstate New York, for instance, Brindisi stated that people do, and should be able to, use guns for recreational purposes and to defend their homes. Brindisi believes that many of his constituents "find several of the SAFE Act provisions burdensome" and considers himself a "strong supporter of a person's right to bear arms," while supporting background checks on gun purchasers, including at gun shows.
Source: Utica College Public Affairs on 2018 Congress NY-22 election , Oct 3, 2018

Received 100% NRA rating; opponent of NY gun control laws

Brindisi, an upstate Democrat, has a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, which is higher than the 93 percent NRA rating of his opponent, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney. Brindisi voted against New York's 2013 SAFE Act, a landmark gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He also sponsored and supported legislation to repeal parts of the SAFE Act.
Source: CityAndStateNY.com on NRA 2018 endorsements , Mar 28, 2018

Exempt retired cops for assault weapons acquired on job

A6356: Creates an exemption to allow qualified retired New York and federal law enforcement officers to possess large-capacity ammunition devices and assault weapons.

New York City press release (NYC.gov): Qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officers are exempt from prosecution for violating large capacity magazine restrictions for guns that were issued or purchased in the course of official duties and owned at the time of retirement, or comparable replacements. Other guns not owned in the course of official duties prior to retirement are not exempt.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 116-13-18 on May/23/13; State Rep. Anthony Brindisi co-sponsored and voted YES; Passed Senate 49-14-0 on Jun/20/13; Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jul/5/13.

Source: New York City press release on New York voting record A6356 , May 23, 2013

Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey.

Brindisi supports the CC survey question on Second Amendment

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Further Restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-10 on Jul 1, 2018

Support gun-control, according to PVS survey.

Brindisi supports the PVS survey question on gun control

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-10 on Aug 1, 2018

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Brindisi voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".