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Tom Cotton on Gun Control

 

 


Mental health reform to block access to firearms

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton wants to pass legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. "I hope we can agree that we need better mental health procedures and policies in this country," Cotton, R-Ark., said at the Arkansas Sheriff's Association meeting.

He called for Congress to make it easier for law enforcement and others to go to a judge and present evidence from family members or neighbors that a young person shouldn't have access to firearms. "Many states have done that as well. I think we should take a look at that," he said.

Joshua Mahony said he likes Cotton's approach to try to prevent the mentally ill from getting a firearm. Mahony said he wants to hear more information on how it can be accomplished.

Congress has proven unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation this session, in large part because of resistance from Republicans, particularly in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette on 2020 Arkansas Senate race , Aug 6, 2019

Mental health reform; but how do we do it?

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton wants to pass legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. "I hope we can agree that we need better mental health procedures and policies in this country," Cotton, R-Ark., said at the Arkansas Sheriff's Association meeting.

[Cotton's 2020 opponent] Joshua Mahony said he likes Cotton's approach to try to prevent the mentally ill from getting a firearm. Mahony said he wants to hear more information on how it can be accomplished.

Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette on 2020 Arkansas Senate race , Jul 27, 2019

Defend our Second Amendment rights

I will always defend our Second Amendment rights in Congress. As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, my soldiers and I kept our rifles and guns within arms' reach because of a fundamental truth: at critical moments, your life depends on being armed and ready to defend yourself. And I know our founders gave all law-abiding citizens the same rights here at home. As a hunter, gun owner, and NRA member, I understand how central the outdoorsman way of life is to Arkansas's culture and tradition.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, cottonforcongress.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Opposes restrictions on gun purchases.

Cotton opposes the PVS survey question on gun restrictions

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q10 on Aug 30, 2012

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