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Dan’s Distortions: Mark Begich’s Second Amendment Record

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ANCHORAGE — Dan Sullivan is trying to distract Alaskans from his record of opposing Stand Your Ground legislation as Alaska’s attorney general by attacking Mark Begich’s record of supporting the Second Amendment — which includes opposing President Obama’s efforts to tighten gun control efforts and expand background checks.

Begich is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and consistently fights for Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights.

“When it comes to standing up for Alaskans and their Second Amendment rights, Mark Begich has always sided with Alaskans to make sure their rights are safeguarded. Dan Sullivan’s attacks continue is trying to distract from his shaky Second Amendment record he has repeatedly lied about,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Begich’s Second Amendment Record:


McClatchy: “Begich . . . Is A Strong Second Amendment Advocate.” Reported McClatchy in April 2013, “Begich, 50, is a strong SecondAmendment advocate who breaks with most Democrats in opposing a renewal of the assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004. Instead, he and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced legislation March 6 to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns.” [McClatchy, 4/4/13]


Begich Is A Lifetime Member Of The NRA. Reported NPR in December 2008, “Begich plans to steer his own course, even if Democrats don’t quite recognize him as one of their own. He’s a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and wants to drill foroil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” [NPR, 12/14/08]


Anchorage Daily News: Begich Has “Consistently Opposed” Democratic Efforts To Toughen Gun Control. Reported the Anchorage Daily News in March 2013, “Begich has also consistently opposed the episodic attempts by President Barack Obama and allied congressional Democrats to toughen federal gun controls, again adopting a lonely position within his party’s caucus.” [Anchorage Daily News, 3/31/13]


Begich, Murkowski Voted Against Proposal To Expand Background Checks, Backed Proposal To Bolster System With More Mental Health Data. Reported the Fairbanks News-Miner in April 2013, “Alaska’s senators both rejected a bill that would have expanded gun background checks on Wednesday, instead lining up behind a failed substitute that would have focused instead on bolstering the system with more mental health data. Both Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the controversial bill, which was billed as a bipartisan compromise. The bill, offered by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and supported by President Obama, fell by a 54-46 margin, six votes short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.” [Fairbanks News-Miner, 4/18/13]


Headline: Anchorage Daily News: “Alaska senators vote against tighter gun control measure.” [Anchorage Daily News, 4/17/13]