Certainly there will be factions in the Democratic Party who will be pushing for tighter controls, UNCCs Heberlig said. The party will want to find a way to accommodate them: Yes were with you; we understand. But we dont want to say anything about it.
2008 GUN CONTROL PLATFORMS
Republican (excerpt): We uphold the right of individual Americans to own firearms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. ... Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend themselves, their property, and communities.
... We condemn frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, which are transparent attempts to deprive citizens of their rights. We oppose federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners and national gun registration as violations of the Second Amendment. We recognize that gun control only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens, and that such proposals are ineffective at reducing violent crime.
Democrat (full): We recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Acting responsibly and with respect for differing views on this issue, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.