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Where Does He Stand? Arizona’s Mark Kelly Has Gone MIA On Gun Rights

He’s avoiding policy answers on guns.

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Mark Kelly, the Democratic challenger for Arizona’s Senate seat, has a respectable lead against incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally, according to a number of polls.

McSally is viewed as an ineffective legislator by many grassroots conservatives and her campaign has been flaccid to say the least.

Given these circumstances, Democrats could end up picking up this seat in 2020. In the case that Arizona’s Senate seat flips, Arizona voters have the right to know about the full extent of Kelly’s track record.

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On the issue of the Second Amendment, Kelly’s statements have been relatively vague. He talks a lot about “gun safety” but doesn’t offer much in terms of specifics. Above all, he hasn’t called for so-called “assault weapons” bans which Democrat presidential Joe Biden supports.

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There are legitimate question marks about Kelly’s legislative intentions regarding the Second Amendment. After all, he is the husband of Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman who was victim of an assassination attempt in 2012. Since then, she helped form Giffords, one of the fastest growing civilian disarmament lobbies in the country.

Kelly’s website gives a brief overview of his gun control positions:

Mark and Gabby co-founded Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun safety organizations that brings together families, gun owners, veterans, law enforcement, and others to advocate for stronger gun safety laws that save lives.

Mark will stand up to the gun lobby and fight to protect Arizona kids and communities from gun violence. He will keep kids and communities safer by working to pass universal background checks, to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers, and reduce mass shootings and suicides by allowing families and law enforcement to ensure dangerous individuals and people in crisis don’t have access to firearms.

Arizona is one of America’s most pro-gun states. It features Constitutional Carry, the idea that any lawful individual can carry a firearm without a permit and has a strong reputation for its vast array of shooting ranges and venues where gun owners can practice sharpen their shooting skills.

The fact that Kelly has remained relatively quiet on this issue shows that he’s exercising a degree of pragmatism. Gun owners are a sleeping giant that, if awakened, could easily derail Kelly’s electoral aspirations.

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2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020

Gun grabbers take another L.

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2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms. 

In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020. 

These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses. 

Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws. 

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The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.

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