GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips

Mitt Romney
Michael Conroy

FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis. Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns in a defiant response to criticisms that followed mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman's gathering. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman's gathering.

The 2012 platform, approved this week by GOP convention-goers who nominated Mitt Romney for president, also endorses "stand your ground" rights for gun owners. That legal concept, which says gun bearers don't have to retreat if they feel threatened in a public place, drew national attention after February's fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Republicans traditionally embrace gun rights in their quadrennial party platforms. The one approved this week went farther than those of 2004 and 2008.

Gun control advocates see it as an audacious answer to calls for firearms restrictions after a gunman killed 12 people in Colorado last month, and another gunman killed six people in Tucson, Ariz., early last year. Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic congresswoman holding an outdoor meeting, was gravely wounded in the Tucson assault.

"Gun control only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens," the 2008 Republican platform said. This year's platform adds: "We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines."

The shooters in Colorado and Arizona used large-capacity weapons capable of firing many rounds quickly.

The 2004 GOP platform said "law-abiding citizens" should have the right "to own firearms in their homes for self-defense." This year's platform supports "the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be."

It calls for federal laws "that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents."

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that, by making these changes, Republican leaders have "put themselves farther out of touch with their constituents."

His group supports bans on large-capacity weapons, which it says are "designed to shoot a lot of people quickly and efficiently."

David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, told the NRA News that the 2008 GOP platform "was perhaps the most gun-friendly platform that any party had ever adopted," and "this year's Republican platform is even stronger in terms of dedicating a major party to the protection of the Second Amendment."

Presidential nominees, not to mention the general public, often ignore party platforms. Top Republicans in Tampa, however, implored the public to study the 50-page platform document.

"We invite Americans to consider this platform, a call for dramatic change in government," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in his convention speech Tuesday.

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You gotta be kidding me?

They've actually included "unlimited bullet capacities" in their platform??? Was Ted Nugent at the convention?

John Goddard's picture


looks like the nra "N o R emorse A llowed" oops I meant the national rifle asscociation will be supporting the romney machine. I bet if these sensless shootings claimed the lives of some gop folks, they would stop and use common sense. Oops again, gop and common sense do not mix, like oil and water.

Steve  Dosh's picture

GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips

alll , 10 am ish Thursday HST •
l o l @ broads w/ guns . Rejected hildren's book titles : Bambi meets the AK - 47
Q : Do you know the difference between pit bulls and hockey moms ?
A : Lipstick . Do you know where she is now ? A: i dunno ' I'll ask her . ( Alaska ) . i'd a ho
We suoort the right to arm bears , we support bows and arrows , and knives . Imagine if everyone could only use knives ? We'd have a nation of runners , in good shape , and not like characters in Wall-E ® , the moovee

Obama for ME ? Four rmore beers •
/s, Steve HI

Andrew Jones's picture

The Brady Campaign won't be

The Brady Campaign won't be happy until every last one of us law abiding citizens is disarmed and the 2nd amendment repealed, guns outlawed. Even California, the state with possibly the most draconian gun laws in the country, only scores 81 of 100 on their "scorecard". Maine? 7 of 100. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership grants us no gold stars. :(

Steve  Dosh's picture

.AJ, Thursday 10:10 am HST

.AJ, Thursday 10:10 am HST . .
.oh , you mean President Ray-gun's Sec'y ?
Become much more informed dudicle
† y v m /s a Christian , a doctor , F SO ( ret .) and a graduate of G W U - where - we - treated President Reagan after he got shot . We will never forget •


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