Sen. Deb Fischer Voted Against Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures Eight Times

Senator Fischer voted against common-sense gun violence prevention measures eight times, including voting to allow suspected terrorists to buy a gun.

Fischer is far too extreme and out of touch with Nebraskans on this issue — voting against common-sense gun safety measures to please her party bosses and campaign contributors.

Sen. Deb Fischer’s Record On Gun Reform

2015: Fischer Voted Against Measure To Expand Background Checks For Guns Purchased Online And At Gun Shows. “The Senate rejected a measure from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows on a 48 to 50 vote.” [Washington Post, 12/3/15; Vote 321, 12/3/15]

Fischer Voted Against Expanding Existing Background Check System For Firearms Purchases To Include Firearms Purchased At Gun Shows And Over The Internet. In April 2013, Fischer voted against: “Manchin, D-W.Va., amendment no. 715 that would expand an existing background check system to include firearms purchased at gun shows and over the Internet. It would allow gun show sales to proceed if a background check does not prompt a response within 48 hours and reduce that to a 24-hour wait four years after enactment. It would exempt family transfers and some private sales. The amendment would restrict law enforcement grant funds for states that do not provide all available records to the national background check database. It would ban the creation of a national firearms registry, allow active-duty military members buy guns in their home state and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States.” The amendment was rejected 54-46. [CQ, 4/17/13; S. Amdt. 715 to S. 649, Vote 97, 4/17/13]

Fischer Voted Against Advancing Bill To Require Background Checks On Private And Commercial Firearm Sales. In April 2013, Fischer voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to a bill that would require background checks on private and commercial firearm sales, with certain exceptions. It also would make it a federal crime to buy guns on behalf of those who are legally barred from owning them and extend a school safety grant program through 2023.” The motion was agreed to 68-31. [CQ, 4/11/13; S. 649, Vote 95, 4/11/13]

Fischer Voted Against Banning Straw Purchases Of Guns On Behalf Of Those Legally Barred From Owning Them. In April 2013, Fischer voted against: “Leahy, D-Vt., amendment no. 713 that would revise provisions in the bill that would make it a federal crime to purchase firearms on behalf of those legally barred from owning them to include exceptions for firearms purchased as a raffle, contest or auction award, as a gratuity for a hunting guide, as an employee bonus or as a commemorative award or honorarium.” The amendment was rejected 58-42. [CQ, 4/17/13; S.Amdt. 713 to S. 649, Vote 99, 4/17/13]

Fischer Voted Against Amendment That Would Bar Any Individual On Terrorism Watch List From Purchasing A Firearm. “In the most closely watched measure, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposed an amendment that would bar any individual on a terrorism watch list from purchasing a firearm. That failed 47 to 53.” [Los Angeles Times, 6/20/16; S.Amdt. 4720 to S.Amdt. 4685 to H.R. 2578, Vote 106, 6/20/16]

Fischer Voted For Bill That Would Have Given Investigators 72 Hours To Prove That Someone On Watch Or No-Fly List Had Ties To Terrorism And If Not, Suspect Would Be Allowed To Purchase Gun. “Right now, anyone on the FBI’s various terrorist watch lists — including the no-fly list that prevents you from getting on a plane — can legally buy a gun. Under this bill, if you’re on that list and try to buy a gun, you’d have to wait 72 hours. The idea is to give federal officials time to convince a judge there’s probable cause you have ties to terrorism while still protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of anyone who is mistakenly on a terrorist watch list– like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) once was.[…] ..A similar version failed in December on a 55-44 vote. Democrats — and Attorney General Loretta Lynch — say it’s impossible to put together a case that a potential gun purchaser is a suspected terrorist in just three days, so they argue this bill would essentially allow anyone on the watch list to still be able to buy a gun.” [Washington Post, 6/20/2016; Vote 105, 6/20/2016]

2016: Fischer Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Expanded Background Checks. “Democrats resoundingly rejected the GOP background check measure, arguing it would do little to make sure potential criminals or terrorists couldn’t buy a gun. ‘It’s a shield for members who don’t want to do the right thing,’ said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who led a recent unofficial filibuster on gun control. Grassley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered a similar proposal during the Senate’s 2013 gun control debate, but it also largely fell along party lines. Instead, Democrats largely backed a measure from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Murphy that would require a background check for most sales or transfers of guns. But that measure, which also needed 60 votes, failed in a 44-56 vote. Democrats have pledged for months to push for expanding background checks in the wake of recent high-profile shootings, but their effort faces an uphill battle in a GOP-controlled Congress.” [The Hill, 6/20/16; Vote 104, 6/20/16]

Fischer Voted For Republican Bill To Expand Definitions Of Mental Illness That Prohibited Individuals From Owning Guns And Studying The Causes Of Mass Shooting, Including The Impact Of Violent Video Games. In April 2013, Fischer voted for: “Grassley, R-Iowa, substitute amendment no. 725 that would reauthorize grants to help states use the national background check database. It would require federal courts to submit records to the database and restrict federal grant funds to states that do not meet reporting requirements. It also would expand definitions of mental illness that prohibit individuals from owning guns, make it a federal crime to purchase firearms on behalf of people legally barred from owning them and call for a task force to investigate and prosecute attempted firearm purchases by felons and fugitives. It would prohibit the Justice Department from inducing licensed gun dealers to sell firearms to a straw purchaser unless department officials certify that certain safeguards are in place. It would call for a study on the causes of mass shootings, including the impact of violent video games, and reauthorize grant programs on school security, mental health and crime prevention.” The amendment was rejected 52-48. [CQ, 4/17/13; S.Amdt. 725 to S. 649; Vote 98, 4/17/13]

  • Proposal Would Have Eliminated Expanded Background Checks On Gun Purchases. “The Senate rejected a GOP substitute bill on gun control reforms Wednesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) amendment failed on a 52-48 vote. It would have replaced S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and beef up security in schools. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called the GOP amendment a ‘weak and counterproductive alternative’ that didn’t go through regular order in the committee and ‘undermines law enforcement.’” [The Hill, 4/17/13]