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Bernie Sanders' Voting Records on Issue: Guns

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for President

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Yea
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 54)
Yea
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 715 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Amendment Rejected - Senate
(54 - 46)
Yea
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 43)
Nay
March 23, 2013 S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
July 22, 2009 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 39)
Nay
May 12, 2009 S Amdt 1067 Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5092 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bill Passed - House
(277 - 131)
Yea
June 28, 2006 H Amdt 1156 Trigger Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(230 - 191)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(283 - 144)
Yea
April 9, 2003 HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Bill Passed - House
(285 - 140)
Yea
July 10, 2002 HR 4635 Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House
(310 - 113)
Yea
June 18, 1999 H Amdt 215 24 Hour Background Check Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(218 - 211)
Nay
June 18, 1999 H Amdt 216 72 Hour Background Check Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 235)
Yea
June 18, 1999 HR 2122 Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act Bill Failed - House
(147 - 280)
Nay
Feb. 24, 1998 HR 424 Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes Bill Passed - House
(350 - 59)
Yea
March 22, 1996 HR 125 Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(239 - 173)
Nay
May 5, 1994 HR 4296 Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons Bill Passed - House
(216 - 214)
Yea
Nov. 23, 1993 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(238 - 187)
Nay
Nov. 10, 1993 H Amdt 390 Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(238 - 192)
Yea
Nov. 10, 1993 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill Bill Passed - House
(238 - 189)
Nay

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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