Senator Marco Rubio is running for president but he doesn’t want you to know about his past views on guns.
Take a note at this research on him opposing lawful gun owning.
Rubio Favored Restrictions On Florida Gun Owners
In His 2000 State House Race, Rubio Supported Waiting Periods On Gun Purchases. “‘Background checks are necessary and the sale of guns at shows should be limited,’ Garcia said. ‘Furthermore, safety locks should be required. I am also against honoring the concealed weapons permits of other states in our state.’ Rubio supports ‘reasonable restrictions’ including background checks and waiting periods. ‘However, I believe we should spend more time focusing on why people, especially children, are committing acts of violence,’ he said.” (Ivette M. Yee, “House District 111 Voters To Choose Rep On Tuesday,” The Miami Herald, 1/20/00)
The NRA Criticized Rubio’s Record On Guns As Florida’s Speaker Of The House
The NRA Targeted Rubio For Working Behind The Scenes As An “Obstacle” On A 2008 Bill Allowing Employees To Keep A Firearm In Their Vehicles At Work. “When it comes to Second Amendment gun rights, storied National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer accused Rubio of working against the group on one of the most important priorities of her career. ‘Speaker Rubio talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk,’ said Hammer, the NRA’s first female president and a 35-year Tallahassee veteran. She’s referring to his time spent tweaking 2008 legislation designed to allow employees to keep a firearm inside their vehicle at work. It’s an issue that pitted gun-rights activists against the business community, some of whom felt obliged to comply with federal laws requiring employers to provide a safe workplace. The Florida Legislature approved the legislation, and Crist signed it into law, but Hammer said Rubio proved to be a major obstacle behind the scenes.” (David Catanese, “Rubio Foes Nail Him For Makeover,” Politico, 3/12/10)
- The NRA Claimed Rubio’s Actions “Behind The Scenes” Were “An Entirely Different Story” Than His Ultimate Vote On The Bill, Calling Them “Not Pretty.” “‘He voted when the gun bill was brought to the vote, but we know that what goes on behind the scenes is an entirely different story,’ Hammer said. She said the NRA ratings — a big deal in the Republican primary — are based not just on how politicians vote, but on the totality of what they do or appear to do. ‘We watch everything: false claims, lips service, what a member tells other people,’ said Hammer adding that, with Rubio ‘it’s not pretty… we take our issue very seriously.’” (Marc Caputo, “Marco Rubio’s Gun Problem,” The Miami Herald, 11/16/09)
Former NRA President Marion Hammer On Rubio’s Actions: “He Has Not Been A Friend To Gun Owners. He Tried To Cover Himself By Voting For It After Doing Everything He Could To Work Against It. He Plays To An Audience.” “Rubio’s campaign points out that its candidate was able to thread the needle on the controversial issue of guns at the workplace and that Hammer heaped praised on the bill after the bill-signing. While the NRA accepted the deal, Hammer said its disappointment will become more apparent when her group issues its 2010 legislative grades this spring. Rubio has boasted an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, but that is expected to drop. ‘He has not been a friend to gun owners. He tried to cover himself by voting for it after doing everything he could to work against it. He plays to an audience. We will make sure our members know,’ she said.” (David Catanese, “Rubio Foes Nail Him For Makeover,” Politico, 3/12/10)
Hammer On Rubio: “He Was A Big Disappointment To Us When He Was The Speaker. … He Talked The Talk, But He Didn’t Walk The Walk.” “‘He was a big disappointment to us when he was the speaker,’ said NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer, who saw Rubio do little to help pass a bill allowing employees to bring guns to work. ‘He talked the talk, but he didn’t walk the walk.’” (Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary, “Rubio Record Diverges From Campaign Rhetoric,” Tampa Bay Times, 11/7/09)