NRA analysis of Kerry
Kerry's 2004 Voting Record Detail
For detail on votes before 2004 go to Voting Record Page 2.
NO vote yet on Feinstein AWB Renewal
Senate Bill 2498 was introduced by Senator Feinstein on June 2, 2004. As of this date (June 5) the text of the document has not bee placed online, so we do not know how onerous it is. Rest assured that the title of the bill may only be the starter.
S. 2498; A bill to provide for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban.
Reference: Feinstein Bill S. 2498
Voted NO on Gun Manufacturer Lawsuit Protection
S. 1805 as amended; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
Consider: This bill, in it's original form, would have stopped the attempt to bankrupt the gun industry with lawsuits. Over the course of the preceding day, the following 6 amendments were added to it. Ninety Senators voted against the final bill as it was unpalatable to all sides. You can conclude that this was a 'For Gun' vote as it also killed the following 'Anti Gun' amendments. You could also conclude that this was an 'Anti Gun' vote as the amendments may have been negotiated out with the House version. Killing this bill was certainly lower risk for the time being.
Voted NO to Table Protection Exemption for Gross Negligence or Reckless Conduct
Motion to table Levin Amendment. No. 2631; To exempt any civil action against a person from the provisions of the bill if the gross negligence or reckless conduct of the person proximately caused death or injury.
Consider: This amendment would have the affect of gutting the bill as the court system, via a lawsuit, would be required to determine gross negligence or reckless conduct.
Voted Yes to Define and Regulate Armor Piercing Ammunition
Kennedy Amendment. 2619; To expand the definition of armor piercing ammunition and to require the Attorney General to promulgate standards for the uniform testing of projectiles against body armor.
Consider: As written this bill would have outlawed most, if not all hunting ammunition. And, Once again, the Attorney General gets a say in our Second Amendment rights. See Senate Bill 1431 for more on this. This bill was opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police as 'not a genuine officer safety issue'. For more information on this bill, go to Cop Killer Bullets.
Voted YES to Regulate Armor Piercing Ammunition
Frist Amendment. No. 2625; To regulate the sale and possession of armor piercing ammunition, and for other purposes.
Voted Yes on Concealed Carry for Police
Campbell Amendment. No. 2623; To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.
Consider: This is one of the very few times that Kerry did not vote with Ted Kennedy.
Voted Yes on Closing 'Gun Show Loophole'
McCain Amendment. No. 2636; To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at events that provide a venue for the sale, offer for sale, transfer, or exchange of firearms, and for other purposes.
Voted Yes on Assault Weapons Ban Extension
Feinstein Amendment. No. 2637; To provide for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban.
Consider: Department of Justice statistics show that less than 2% of crimes were done with 'assault weapons' before the ban took effect. That percentage had not changed in a 2001 survey. The only people affected by the ban are law abiding citizens.
[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46.