Key Votes

2012 All Guns Key Votes

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12/13 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 23) 12/13 MI SB 59 Expands Areas Where Concealed Weapons are Authorized Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11) 12/13 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7) 12/13 MI SB 59 Expands Areas Where Concealed Weapons are Authorized Bill Passed - House (68 - 41) 12/04 IL SB 681 Authorizes State Residents To Purchase Ammunition From In-State Companies Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 28) 6/19 NY A 1157B Requires Firearms to Have Microstamping Technology Bill Passed - House (85 - 60) 6/13 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - House (59 - 28) 6/13 DE SB 204 Extends the Gun Buy-back Program Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 13) 5/29 LA SB 303 Limits Gun Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4) 5/24 LA SB 303 Limits Gun Regulations Bill Passed - House (77 - 22) 5/10 OK SB 1733 Authorizes Open Carry of Firearms Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 10) 5/03 CA AB 1527 Prohibits Open Carry of Certain Unloaded Firearms Bill Passed - House (44 - 29) 5/02 NH HB 536 Repeals License Requirement to Carry a Firearm Bill Tabled - Senate (17 - 7) 4/18 CO HB 1048 Repeals State Background Checks for Gun Buyers Bill Passed - House (37 - 28) 4/12 AZ HB 2729 Authorizes Guns in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/09 LA SB 303 Limits Gun Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 3/19 SD HB 1248 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of a Handgun Without a Permit Veto Override Failed - House (27 - 40) 3/12 KS HB 2353 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Handguns in Public Buildings Bill Passed - House (70 - 54) 3/12 ME LD 1603 Authorizes State Employees to Keep Concealed Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (84 - 55) 3/06 AZ HB 2729 Authorizes Guns in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - House (37 - 21) 3/02 OR HB 4045 Prohibits Disclosure of the Names of Licensed Concealed Handgun Carriers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 6) 3/01 OR HB 4045 Prohibits Disclosure of the Names of Licensed Concealed Handgun Carriers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 5) 3/01 OR SB 1594 Prohibits weapons on school grounds Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 15) 2/29 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47) 2/29 IA HJR 2009 Prohibiting Mandatory Licensing and Registration of Guns Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 37) 2/28 SD HB 1248 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of a Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11) 2/23 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23) 2/22 VA SB 323 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - House (64 - 32) 2/21 UT HB 49 Authorizing the Concealed or Open Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (50 - 21) 2/20 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 2/20 CO HB 1064 Prohibits Gun Restrictions During Emergencies Bill Passed - House (45 - 19) 2/15 OR HB 4045 Prohibits Disclosure of the Names of Licensed Concealed Handgun Carriers Bill Passed - House (44 - 14) 2/13 VA HB 940 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 2/13 SD HB 1248 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of a Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (50 - 18) 2/09 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (70 - 28) 2/09 VA HB 14 Provides Civil Immunity for the Use of Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (75 - 22) 2/06 VA SB 323 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 2/01 VA HB 940 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - House (66 - 32) 1/26 VA SB 464 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11) 1/05 NH HB 194 Authorizes Loaded Rifles and Shotguns in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (204 - 110) 1/05 NH HB 536 Repeals License Requirement to Carry a Firearm Bill Passed - House (193 - 122) 1/04 NH HB 334 Authorizes Weapons on Public Property Bill Passed - House (180 - 144)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.