Candidate Questionnaire 2022

Please fill out our questionnaire below or download the questionnaire here to complete offline.

    G-PAC, Giffords, and Brady PAC take a comprehensive approach in considering a candidate for endorsement. This questionnaire is an important part of that process and provides an opportunity for us to learn about a candidate’s views on a variety of topics related to gun violence prevention. Candidates who are not in alignment with G-PAC/Giffords/Brady PAC on every question will still be considered for an endorsement. We will not publish answers to this questionnaire. Questionnaires can be completed online at our secure website, or downloaded and submitted via e-mail to Kathleen Sances at Kathleen@gpacillinois.com. A candidate who fails to return the completed questionnaire is automatically removed from consideration for endorsement To comply with federal coordination restrictions, please do not submit any non-public information about your campaign’s plans, projects, activities, or needs, or any other information other than the response to this questionnaire.

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    GUNS WITHOUT SERIAL NUMBERS: Recent technology has made it easy for any person - including people convicted of violent crime, terrorists, minors, and other prohibited purchasers - to assemble a firearm at home that looks, feels & functions like a standard gun. Self-assembled firearms can be built from kits or 3D printed and are referred to as ghost guns because they do not come with a serial number and are therefore untraceable. "3-D printed guns cannot be detected by standard metal detectors. Do you support legislation that prohibits the manufacture, sale, and possession of these unserialized firearms?

    2.LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES: Large capacity ammunition magazines (LCM) are a common thread in many high-profile mass shootings in the United States. Because shooters with such magazines can fire many shots in rapid succession without having to pause to reload, those in the line of fire do not have a chance to escape, law enforcement does not have the chance to intervene, and the number of lives shattered by senseless acts of gun violence increases dramatically. Seven states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning magazines with more than 10 rounds, and two others have enacted laws banning magazines with more than 15 rounds. Would you support similar legislation in Illinois?

    3.ASSAULT WEAPONS: In recent years, Americans have witnessed some of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. While handguns are the most commonly used weapon in single-victim homicides, nearly all of our nation’s deadliest mass shooting attacks have been carried out with assault weapons, a class of semi-automatic firearms based on high-power military designs that are designed to allow a shooter to rapidly and continuously fire at large numbers of targets while retaining control of the gun. Seven states have enacted laws restricting the sale, transfer, manufacture, or possession of assault-style rifles, handguns, pistols and similar weapons. Would you support placing restrictions on these weapons in Illinois, such as legislation that would ban the sale and transfer of semi-automatic assault rifles and require current owners to register their weapons with the Illinois State Police?

    4.MICROSTAMPING ON FIREARMS: Do you support legislation to enhance firearm identification and tracing capabilities by incentivizing, or requiring, that new handguns sold in the state be equipped with microstamping? Microstamping adds an identification code on the internal components of the gun that stamps onto the shell casing when a gun is fired. This allows law enforcement to trace a gun used in a shooting without needing to recover the gun itself.

    5.AMMUNITION SERIALIZATION: A system implementing ammunition serialization or coding would require manufacturers to stamp a unique microscopic code or serial number on all bullets and cartridge cases. At the time of purchase, the code or serial number would be recorded along with the purchaser’s information by a licensed dealer. Later, when a bullet or cartridge case is found at a crime scene, the bullet or spent cartridge could be quickly traced back to the purchaser. This would aid law enforcement investigations into shooting crimes and deter the use of guns in these crimes. Would you support legislation requiring ammunition serialization?

    6.GUN INDUSTRY IMMUNITY: At the federal level, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) is a gun lobby-supported law that gives firearm manufacturers and dealers broad legal protections – some courts have interpreted PLCAA as exempting industry members from many lawsuits. These protections do not exist for virtually any other industry. However, there are exceptions to this law that allow lawsuits to proceed if they are based on claims that the gun industry violated a state law applicable to the sale or marketing of firearms. Would you support legislation to expand Illinois residents’ ability to sue the firearm industry for harms caused by their conduct?

    7.PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENT HATE: People convicted of violent hate crime misdemeanors generally remain eligible to access guns under federal law. Do you support legislation to prohibit individuals who are convicted in the future of misdemeanor hate crime offenses that involve violence or threats of violence from acquiring or possessing firearms for at least 10 years after conviction?

    8.GUN TRAFFICKING: Illinois has enacted important legislation to curb gun trafficking by, for instance, licensing and regulating gun dealers and prohibiting people from acquiring firearms on behalf of another person who cannot legally buy a gun themselves.

    Would you support legislation to build on these anti-trafficking laws, including all of the following?

    a) Prohibiting sellers from transferring guns to people they know or reasonably should know are involved in gun trafficking or prohibited from accessing guns; and

    b) Restricting people from buying bulk quantities of firearms without a license?

    9.SAFE STORAGE LAWS: Do you support legislation that would implement safe storage laws in an effort to end family fire — the unintentional shooting of children, teens, and adults due to unsecured guns in the home?

    10.PURCHASE LIMITS: Do you support legislation that would prohibit the purchase of more than one firearm per month?

    11.SAFE ZONES: Do you support legislation that would prohibit open or concealed carrying of firearms in schools, college campuses, government buildings, and other sensitive locations?

    12.CRIME GUNS: Do you support legislation that would help stem the flow of crime guns into communities, using methods such as the public release of crime gun trace data?

    13.FIREARM PREEMPTION LAWS: Do you support legislation that would empower localities to implement stronger local gun laws to more appropriately enact policy that makes the most sense for their own communities beyond what state law requires?

    14.VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAMS: Interpersonal gun violence in Illinois is most intensely concentrated in under-resourced city neighborhoods where entrenched cycles of violence, injury, trauma, and retaliation have devastating effects. Will you support legislation to substantially increase state funding for evidence-based violence intervention programs and to ensure that this funding is directed to the most effective programs in communities most impacted by violence?

    15.GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH: Do you support legislation that would create and fund state-level gun violence prevention research centers, such as those in California and New Jersey, in order to better understand the root causes of gun violence and the most effective preventative solutions?

    16.Please describe any actions you might have taken over your career to bring attention to gun violence prevention. Are there any other gun violence prevention issues that are particular to your experience or your district that you would like to share with us?

    17.On occasion, it may be reasonable for opinions on issues to change. Are there instances in your past where your opinions, statements, or actions have been different from those you have now indicated in this questionnaire? Are there any particular events or pieces of information responsible for the evolution of your position?

    By entering your initials (those of the candidate) in the box below, you are effectively providing your signature, indicating that all the information on this form is true and accurate.

    ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PAC
    Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC) is the only organization in Illinois working to elect candidates committed to protecting our families, children, and communities from gun violence. G-PAC was founded by survivors to counter the political influence of the gun industry in Springfield and raises the resources necessary to protect and elect public officials with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.

    ABOUT GIFFORDS
    Giffords is a national gun violence prevention organization that was founded in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.

    ABOUT BRADY PAC 
    Brady PAC is a political action committee that was formed to serve as a counterweight to “dark money” Super PACs created by the gun industry lobby. It upholds the policy ideals that have been championed by its sister organization, Brady — one of the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention grassroots advocacy organizations. Brady PAC supports candidates running for local, state, and federal office who support universal background checks, reenacting the assault weapons ban, extreme risk protection orders, and instituting other common-sense gun violence prevention legislation that will make our homes, schools, and communities safer.

    The Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) was founded by gun violence survivors
    to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield.


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