US Senate race in Pennsylvania has usual split over gun policy, but with complications | Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race has been shaped by the usual political divide over guns, though the candidates’ pasts cause problems for their current positions.

Gun politics has not been the focus of Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz. Instead, any gun debate has been overshadowed by education, crime, inflation and taxes, and abortion.

However, Oz’s previous advocacy for certain gun restrictions complicates his campaign. Fetterman is a self-proclaimed gun owner who favors some restrictions, though his past includes an incident where he held a black man at gunpoint whom Fetterman mistook for a criminal.

Oz has a history of promote “red flag” laws that force gun owners to confiscate their guns without a criminal conviction or evidence of threat to others, as well as the release of the American College of Physicians’ call for a ban on semi- -automatic. He also has recommended for the CDC to “thoroughly study gun violence”.

During his Senate campaign, Oz’s tone changed. an april campaign ad shows Oz target shooting as he talks about gun rights.

“When people say I won’t support guns, they’re completely wrong,” Oz said. “Our 2nd Amendment isn’t just about hunting. It’s our constitutional right to protect ourselves from intruders – or an overly intrusive government.

“He opposes anti-gun measures like red flag laws and liberal gun seizures,” Oz said. campaign website Noted. He also bragged that the NRA gave him an “AQ” rating, the highest a candidate without a voting record can receive.

Fetterman’s NRA rating, despite his relative moderation compared to other Democratic politicians, is an F.

“Common sense gun laws are called that for a REASON. Enough is enough”, Fetterman tweeted in May. “Democrats must be ruthless + united NOW. Ditch the filibuster + pass the common sense gun control supported by the majority of Americans.

Fetterman’s has tried to position its stance on guns where most Americans stand.

“I am a gun owner and have been around guns all my life,” he added. campaign website states. “I want what an overwhelming majority of Americans, including the majority of gun owners, want – which is common sense gun safety. We need universal background checks, red flag laws, and more proactive efforts to get illegal guns off our streets.

Fetterman was approved by Giffords, a pro-gun control group.

He has also been criticized for brandishing a shotgun to a black jogger in 2013 when he blamed the man for sounds Fetterman thought were gunshots. Some argued the incident hurt Fetterman’s support among black voters.

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