Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine on Gun Control

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( In May 2000, Tim Kaine, then-mayor of Richmond, Va., used more than $6,000 in public funds to charter eight buses.

The buses were used to transport city residents from Richmond to the anti-gun, and inaccurately named, Million Mom March in Washington, D.C.

The Million Mom March was sponsored and organized by extremist gun control organization the Bell Campaign, which was later renamed the Million Mom March Foundation.

The Bell Campaign supported a litany of gun control measures, including gun rationing, a ban on the possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines, firearm owner licensing, and gun registration. In regards to the right to keep and bear arms, the Bell Campaign contended, “The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes.”

Following a public outcry over the use of public funds for political purposes, including criticism from Richmond City Council members, Kaine was forced to seek private funds to reimburse the city. Despite the disapproval of citizens and his fellow public officials, Kaine was reluctant to admit wrongdoing, with the Richmond Times-Dispatch noting, “Kaine defended the subsidy on the ground that Richmond always has supported stricter gun laws.” At the time, the Times-Dispatch also reported that in regard to gun control, Kaine said, “I can’t think of an issue I’d rather be aligned with than this.”

This gross misuse of taxpayer dollars to advocate for extreme gun controls is indicative of Kaine’s 20 year public career, during which he has ceaselessly attacked the rights of law-abiding gun owners. In choosing Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton has chosen one of the rare politicians that comes close to matching her zeal for restricting gun rights.

Even before his anti-gun pilfering of the public coffer, Kaine was hard at work targeting Virginia gun owners. In 1997, as a Richmond City Councilman, Kaine suggested that the Virginia cities of Richmond, Fairfax, and Roanoke should team up to push a gun control agenda in the Virginia General Assembly. On June 1, 1999, then-Mayor Kaine was a noted guest at the White House Rose Garden for speeches by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. A primary topic of both Clintons’ remarks was gun control, with the president specifically advocating for legislation that would eliminate traditional gun shows, and for further restrictions on standard capacity magazines.

In 2001, Kaine ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. During the campaign, Kaine staked out several anti-gun positions. On October 29, 2001, the anti-gun Washington Post endorsed Kaine, citing his support for Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month rationing law and restrictions on the Right-to-Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol. Kaine also earned the endorsement of the Brady Campaign, who called him the “clear choice,” noting, “As Mayor of Richmond, Kaine was a strong supporter of enforcing and strengthening Virginia gun laws…”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner sought to differentiate between his views and Kaine’s extreme anti-gun positions. A June 14, 2001 Associated Press item reported, “Warner, who does not favor additional firearms restrictions, already is trying to distance himself from his ticketmate on gun control. He acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that he disagrees with lieutenant governor nominee Tim Kaine… on the issue.”

In 2005, Kaine ran for Governor of Virginia. During the race, Kaine worked to disguise his anti-gun politics. Doing his best John Kerry impression, Kaine posed as a sportsman at a skeet shooting event, shotgun in hand.

For this race, Kaine staked out a curious position on guns by contending that he was not for further gun control, while openly advocating for further gun control. The Roanoke Times fell victim to Kaine’s ruse when on August 27, 2005 they summarized the candidate’s incongruent position by noting, “Kaine said he doesn’t favor the creation of more gun control laws, but does believe the ones that exist should be enforced – and indicated he would back an extension of instant background checks at gun shows for all sellers, not just licensed ones.” Kaine’s misleading gun stance led Richmond Times-Dispatch commentator A. Barton Hinkle to write, “He isn’t fooling anyone — so why does he continue to try?”

Once governor, Kaine pursued his anti-gun agenda at every opportunity. In April 2006, Kaine vetoed legislation that would have permitted law-abiding gun owners to store a firearm in a locked container within a vehicle without obtaining Right-to-Carry permit.

In April 2007, in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, Kaine wasted no time in pushing for gun control. The Roanoke Times reported that on April 26, 2007, only 10 days after the shooting, the opportunistic Kaine “said he thought the time might be right to press the General Assembly to address the gun-show loophole.” On January 8, 2008 Kaine continued his push to eliminate traditional gun shows, stating, “Now more than ever in the aftermath of April 16th, Virginians understand that this is a public safety issue.” Typical of gun control efforts, the legislation Kaine sought to enact could not have prevented the tragedy he cited to advance it. The perpetrator of the Virginia Tech shooting did not purchase the two firearms used in the attack at a gun show. Kaine’s gun show legislation was rejected in committee in 2008, and rejected by the Senate again in 2009.

In March 2008, Kaine again vetoed legislation that would have permitted law-abiding individuals to possess a firearm in a locked container within their car without obtaining a Right-to-Carry permit. Kaine also vetoed legislation that would have allowed Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry concealed in restaurants that serves alcohol.

In March 2009, Kaine once again vetoed vehicle and restaurant carry legislation. Kaine also vetoed separate legislation that would have merely permitted retired law enforcement officers to exercise their Right-to-Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol. Further, Kaine rejected legislation that would have made it easier to obtain a Right-to-Carry permit, by allowing applicants to complete the requisite training online.  He also rejected legislation exempting active-duty service members from Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law.

Overlapping with his term as governor of Virginia, Kaine served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from January 2009 to April 2011. In this role, Kaine advocated for federal gun control legislation offered by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) that would have banned magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. As pointed out by the Huffington Post, during an appearance on Political Capital with Al Hunt in January 2011, Kaine expressed his support for McCarthy’s bill, stating that it was the “kind of legislation that I’ve long supported.”

Since January 2013, Kaine has served as the junior senator from Virginia, and has continually used his seat to advance an anti-gun agenda. 

In the wake of the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. gun control advocates forced votes on several pieces of gun control legislation on April 17, 2013. The centerpiece of the gun control effort was the Manchin amendment, which would have banned the private transfer of firearms at gun shows and in transactions pursuant to an online or print publication. Kaine voted in favor of the restrictions.

That same day, Kaine voted in favor Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) amendment to ban commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. Worse than the 1994 Clinton ban, the Feinstein amendment would have banned semi-automatic firearms that accept a detachable magazine and have only one disqualifying feature, such as a pistol grip or telescoping stock. Similarly, Kaine voted for Sen. Joe Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) amendment to ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.

Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine

When presented the opportunity to vote to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Kaine declined to do so. Kaine voted against a NRA-supported Right-to-Carry reciprocity amendment that would have ensured that Right-to-Carry permits granted in one state would be honored in all others.

Kaine also opposed an NRA-supported amendment that would have improved the availability of disqualifying mental health information for NICS, clarified the definition of “adjudicated as a mental defective” to protect due process rights, required more robust prosecutions of federal firearm laws including straw purchases, restricted the unlawful practice of multiple sales reporting for certain types of semi-automatic long-guns, and permitted interstate handgun sales.

Incredibly, despite representing a state with one of the largest per capita populations of veterans, Kaine opposed an NRA-supported amendment to ensure that veterans’ Second Amendment rights would not be stripped without due process of law. The amendment was crafted to address an ongoing Veterans Administration practice where a veteran’s Second Amendment rights are removed following something as cursory as the agency’s decision to assign the veteran a fiduciary to manage their VA benefits.

On December 3, 2015, Kaine made it clear to all that he values the Fifth Amendment no more than the Second, when he voted in favor of terror watch list gun control legislation offered by Sen. Feinstein. The legislation would have illegitimately empowered the federal government to strip the Second Amendment rights of an individual on a secret government watch list absent the due process guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.

On June 20, 2016, Kaine again voted an iteration of Sen. Feinstein’s terror watch list gun control legislation. Further, Kaine supported legislation offered by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) that would have required nearly all firearms transfers to be conducted pursuant to a background check and through a Federal Firearms Licensee. The legislation also attacked gun owner privacy by placing a burden on gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the federal government within 48 hours.

In addition to his objectionable voting record, Kaine has sponsored or co-sponsored a host of anti-gun legislation in the 114th Congress. Kaine is a cosponsor for the latest iteration of Sen. Charles Schumer’s “Fix Gun Checks Act,” which would prohibit nearly all private transfers of firearms. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) gained Kaine’s support for a bill to eliminate the three-day safety valve for NICS checks, which would empower the FBI to severely delay firearms transfers. Kaine also signed on to Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) legislation that would ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

In September 2015, Kaine introduced his, “Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act.” The legislation would hold dealers liable for transferring a firearm to a prohibited person, unless they had “taken reasonable steps to determine that the recipient [was] not legally barred from possessing firearms or ammunition…” This ambiguous burden is presumably in addition to the background checks dealers are already required to conduct on their customers. In a further attack on the firearms industry and its customers, in January 2016, Kaine cosponsored legislation to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Of all the gun controls Kaine has supported during his time in the Senate, his support for one particular anti-gun measure seems most fitting. In June 2016, Kaine announced his support for efforts to repeal the prohibition on the Centers for Disease Control’s use of public funds to advocate for gun control.

More than 15-years after being rebuked for squandering taxpayer dollars on gun control advocacy as mayor of Richmond, Kaine is still eager to attack gun own owners’ rights by any means at his disposal, and he still isn’t above looting the public treasury to do it. 

It doesn’t appear, over this 20 year career, that Kaine has ever seen a type of gun control that he wasn’t in favor of.  Clinton, based on her commitment to destroying the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, couldn’t have chosen a more suitable running mate.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Captain America

Of coarse he’s extremely against gun rights, the second amendment and a free America- he’s a Devilcrat bent on finishing the job satan started during his two terms of putting Americans through pure HELL with his antiamerican Muslim terrorist ,communist loving Beliefs. Do all you can to keep ANY Devilcrat out of public office .they have turned against America and embraced dour enemies one and all to help them destroy America oath keepers here I come!! Trumpin16 all the way!!

Old Curmudgeon

Since he was named as the Dems VP candidate, I’ve been trying to think who he reminds me of….I finally figured it out: Jack Nicholson’s character in “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”. Same weird smile and crazy eyes!! Maybe Hillary could play Nurse Ratchett


As demonstrated in this excellent and educational article, the anti-gun , anti-second amendment and I must add anti-American progressives will never give up on their quest to totally dominate We the People. To hell with our God given rights. They won’t rest until they, the elitist, have enslaved the rest of us! Some of US will not surrender. Will you? The battle continues to intensify. Prepare.

Mike McAllister

Lock and load friends!

Jeff Heavener

In the section of the article that stated that the bell foundation or(million mom march),said the second amendment never protected the private ownership of guns for private purposes. My question is this, If the Second Amendment never protected our private ownership of firearms,why is it from it’s creation to date, citizens of this great Nation have legally owned and continue to own, pistols, rifles, and shotguns of their own choice? Are these people (million mom march supporters) saying that the writers of our Constitution, didn’t understand their own words on the document they signed? P.s. Sorry to pick this section… Read more »


Apparently Kaine doesn’t know or doesn’t care what distinguishes a ‘Clinton Brown Noser” from a ‘Clinton $hit Head’ and that is ‘depth perception’. Neither do a lot of other ‘Clinton Supporters’.

Mike McAllister

Just another liberal elite that thinks he can control REAL Americans!


“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
― Groucho Marx

2nd Amender

Just Say No to…….Socialist/Progressive/Communists…..!

William Boggs

If and I quote, “The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes.”The second amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes” then why has it protected it for 200 years?

These people are so poorly educated on how America works, they aren’t fit for public office.

Wild Bill

@Wm Boggs, I agree, they are poorly educated. Maybe there should be an entrance exam. Even if one is elected to office, they have to pass the exam before being seated each election cycle. If people elect a representative that knows too little about the Constitution and the way America works, then those people get no representation that term.


While I am not in favor of any new laws as there are redundancies already. I do feel that 1 new one would be appropriate. If any elected or appointed official either writes or votes for any law that would violate any constitutional rights, he or she should be able to be impeached or relieved of their duties by a vote of the people in the district in which they serve.


I second that motion

William Boggs

Naaaa I don’t think we need a majority vote to relieve them of their duties, they should just be fired without notice. They take an oath to uphold the Constitution, if they violate that in any way, they broke their contract with “We The People” and should immediately be relieved.


Another low life scumbag like Clinton herself, not to be trusted. The bastards will never truthfully tell us what they believe for fear of losing an election. After the electorate falls for their lies they wreak havoc once in office. Removing the scum is almost impossible after they’re in office until the next election. We can’t afford to have Clinton or Kaine anywhere near the oval office.


Morning , I’ve been , anti-kaine , ever since the days of governor . He then was the first part-time governor because all he wanted to do is use the job as a stepping stone to the white house . His head was so far up this presidents butt , there was no sunlight for him . Just the way the democraps like it . Now he’s killary’s running mate and has not changed on were he stands . If Virginia still supports them come November , God help us , our country will be dragged farther down , more… Read more »

William Boggs

Show your support, join Oath Keepers.


Only ONE reason I don’t….. never served in the military (the lottery way back when) so I’m not eligible. A finer bunch of patriots does not exist, though, and I’d live to be able to join them.

Semper Fi

You can still join,You can get an associate membership

William Boggs

ANYBODY can join. It’s just people who stand by the Constitution no matter what. That $40.00 and a heart beat and you’re in.


Just looking at pictures of this guy contradicts the adage “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Yes you can! LOL

2nd Amender


Nothing needs to be added……………


AMEN, Brother.

David Telliho

Surely this site is monitored by dumb hick sh*theads. Therefore, Anti American`s such as Kaine should be encouraged to take the next boat back to England….or start swimming.

T Ellis

If this guy gets anywhere near the White House we are SCREWED !


He is a crooked idiot!


Tim kaine is a clown…… remember the traitors, never forget

Hillary having problems money cant fix – PRICELESS

her head was bobin and weavin seizure style before she dropped 18 inch’s