Where Senate Republicans Stand On Gun Legislation

On Wednesday and Thursday, The New York Times reached out to all 50 Republicans in the Senate to see if they would support a pair of House-passed measures to bolster background checks for gun buyers. Within hours of the Ovaldi, Texas, elementary school shooting, Senate Democrats moved quickly to clear the way for potential votes on both bills.

The legislation would expand criminal background checks for potential buyers online and at gun shows and give the FBI more time to investigate gun buyers flagged by the Instant Background Check system.

The vast majority of Republicans have opposed gun safety legislation for years, and together they have advocated that it be outlawed or not brought up. Any 50-50 Senate deal would need the support of at least 10 Republicans, joining every Democrat, to produce the 60 votes necessary to break the disruption.

Most Republicans who have responded to The Times so far have either refused to take a stand or have indicated they would oppose the measures, citing concerns about the infringement of gun owners’ rights.

Susan Collinswho

National Rifle Association ratings: B

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 18,000 dollars

A spokeswoman said, “Senator Collins is one of two Republican senators currently serving and voting for the Mansion Tommy, which included background checks on all business transactions—including gun offers and online sales—but excluded gifts and family transfers.”

Kevin Kramersecond abbreviation

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $13,000

“I think this is something we will definitely discuss, perhaps very frankly. This particular law, my first assessment of this law was that it went a bit too far. I hope we can fix things that are supposed to be enforced now, with regards to lists like the national background check system Immediate criminal. But I am not someone who takes things off the table.”

Mitt RomneyUtah

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $13.6 million

“I think we’ll look at ways to improve our background checks. I’ve been looking at Toomey-Manchin as legislation, and seeing if that would make a difference. And I think red flag laws and states are helpful.”

Patrick J TommyPennsylvania.

NRA Rating: c

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $1.5 million

“My interest remains in doing something to improve and expand our background check system.”

John Parasoand yo.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $27,000

“We don’t want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Roy PlanetMu.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $4.6 million

“I hope Senator Schumer’s view is to see if there is any bipartisan opportunity before people start voting ‘no’ on the gun bill.”

Ted CruzTexas

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 176000 dollars

oppressed Democrats “and a whole lot of people in the media” for their haste in “trying to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Lindsey GrahamSC

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 433,000 dollars

“None of these things we’re talking about seem to change the outcome, before these last cases. I doubt any of the Republicans would vote for that.”

Bill Hagertyfig.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $16000

“To be clear: Using this horror to violate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens — before we even know what might prevent this tragedy — and accusing anyone who does not agree to be complicit in this hateful crime is not a solution that will make us safer.”

Josh HawleyMu.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 1.4 million dollars

“Doesn’t it also change who gets the checks? That would be one of my interests.”

Ron Johnsonwisdom.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 1.3 million dollars

Mr. Johnson’s office said: “The senator does not support HR 8, which would criminalize the common exchange of guns and strip millions of people’s rights while doing nothing to reduce gun violence. Public background checks would not be universal. Nearly 70 percent of prisoners who used guns for crimes that obtained firearms from black-market sources, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.”

James LankfordOkay.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $24,000

“My first thought is that the background bill seems a bit out of place based on what happened in Ovaldi.”

Cynthia Loomisand yo.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $19,000

Expanding background checks “would not be acceptable to the State of Wyoming.”

Mike RoundsSD

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 101,000 dollars

“It is one thing to say that, regardless of the facts, you should just do something. The question is whether something you are going to do will actually make a difference.”

Rick ScottFlorida.

NRA Rating: c

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 0 dollars

“I haven’t seen those exact bills. I am not in favor of withdrawing the rights of law-abiding citizens – the Second Amendment.”

Richard C. ShelbyAlaa.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $259,000

“I’m a Second Amendment person, period.”

Tommy TubervilleAlaa.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $10,000

“I’m willing to say I’m so sorry this happened. But guns aren’t the problem, okay? People are the problem. That’s where it starts — and we’ve had guns forever. And we’ll continue to have guns.”

Roger Wickermiss.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 106000 dollars

“I am committed to exploring bipartisan solutions that can help address gun violence without infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

Marsha Blackburnfig.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 1.3 million dollars

Schools should have secure, limited entry points and increased funding for school resource staff. School officials with prior military or law enforcement experience must be allowed to carry firearms. Finally, mental health must be taken seriously. We must improve access to resources and treatment for those suffering from mental illness.”

John BozemanAstronomy.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $87,000

Mike BrownM.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 1.3 million dollars

“I will focus on school security, which is something that I know is helpful. We have red flag laws in Indiana that have really worked appreciably. A lot of them need fine-tuning.”

Richard M. BorgeNorth Carolina

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 7 million dollars

“If someone gets a solution to this, by all means, let’s talk about it. But no one has suggested that they have one.”

Bill Cassidyno.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $2.9 million

Better discuss it before I open. You know, do you have my background on what these issues mean. It’s just something I’m trying to understand right now.”

John CornynTexas

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 584,000 dollars

Tom CottonAstronomy.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 2 million dollars

“I have no comment on that.”

Michael de KraboIdaho

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $58000

“What happened in Ovaldi is a horrific tragedy and I condemn all acts of violence. I am personally devastated to hear of the lost young souls and will mourn the loss of these precious lives.”

Steve DanesMont.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $454,000

Joni Ernstyeah

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $3.7 million

She said she needed to “better understand the circumstances” of the shooting before supporting any reform.

deep fisherneb.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $20,000

Charles E. Grassleyyeah

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $225,000

John Hoffinsecond abbreviation

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $25,000

Cindy Hyde Smithmiss.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $112,000

James M. InhoffOkay.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $82,000

“I didn’t think about it. You were the first to bring it to my attention.”

John Kennedyno.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $216,000

“Look, if there is legislation to be introduced, I will review it as carefully as I do all legislation.”

Mike LeeUtah

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 8000 dollars

Roger Marshallright.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $185,000

“I think we should all take a deep breath here and try to figure out what’s causing the problems here before we start jumping into potential solutions.”

Mitch McConnellKy.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 1.3 million dollars

Shelley Moore CapitoW. F.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $338 000

Jerry Moranright.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $37,000

Lisa MurkowskiAlaska

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $146000

Rand PaulKy.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 104,000 dollars

Rob PortmanOhio

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $3.1 million

Jim RichIdaho

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $24,000

Marco RubioFlorida.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $3.3 million

Ben Sassineb.

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $87,000

Scott teamSC

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $22,000

Dan SullivanAlaska

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $25,000

John ThunSD

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): 639,000 dollars

“I think there’s a time and a place to have these conversations, and we’ll see where they go.”

Tom TellesNorth Carolina

NRA Rating: a

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $5.6 million

“I didn’t see them, but [Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader] He hasn’t consulted with us, so that’s not a good sign.”

Todd YoungM.

NRA Rating: A +

Functional Funding for Non-Governmental Entities (NRA): $2.9 million

“I’m meeting with my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats alike,” and starting “conversations about this horrific incident and what we can do to prevent all kinds of accidents in the future.”

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