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George W. Bush

Bush supports background checks at gun shows. He supports renewing the ban on assault-type weapons. He also supports granting immunity to gun makers from civil lawsuits.

Bush cut funding for the Community Oriented Policing Program. He created Project Safe Neighborhoods, which aims to increase communication between federal and local authorities. Bush also proposes a four-year $300 million program to reduce prisoner recidivism rates and help ex-convicts contribute to their communities. (Learn more)

Bush supports the death penalty.

John Kerry

Kerry supports all current federal gun laws and proposes to strongly enforce those laws. He supports background checks for those who buy guns at gun shows, improving the background check system, and requiring that all handguns have child safety locks. He opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. (Learn more)

Kerry supports the Community Oriented Policing program that would put over 100,000 police officers on the streets. He supports increased funding for drug rehabilitation programs.

Kerry opposes the death penalty, except for terrorists.

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