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Gary Johnson Biography

Former Governor of New Mexico
Con to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"

“I am in the camp that if you outlaw guns only the criminals are going to have guns. I supported permitting the concealed carry of handguns in New Mexico. I believe there is a lot less violence in the parking lot, as they say, because the potential perpetrator of a theft or an assault is thinking twice because someone might be carrying a gun. Restrictions on gun ownership will only encourage outlaws to have heavy ammunition and high calibre weapons.”

Rachel Ray, “Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Says Time Is Right for ‘the Part of Principle’ in the White House,”, Jan. 19, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Presidential Nominee, Libertarian Party, 2012
  • President and CEO, Cannabis Sativa In, July 2014-Jan. 4, 2016
  • Presidential Nominee, Libertarian Party, 2012
  • Founder and Honorary Chairman, Our America Initiative PAC, 2009-present
  • Governor of New Mexico, 1995-2003
  • Founder and Owner, Big J Enterprises, 1976-1999
  • Education:
  • BS, Political Science, University of New Mexico
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: GovGaryJohnson
  • On Dec. 28, 2011, Johnson ended his Republican campaign for president, registered as a Libertarian, and announced his campaign to seek the Libertarian nomination for the 2012 presidential election
  • Has climbed all of the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent): Mount Everest, Mount Elbrus, Denali, Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Carstensz Pyramid
  • Completed five Ironman Triathalons
  • Mountain biked the eight-day Adidas TransAlps Challenge in Europe
  • Completed the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 26.2 mile course through the desert.
  • Involved in a near-fatal paragliding accident on Oct. 12, 2005
  • Built his own house in Taos, New Mexico
  • Used his veto power over 750 times while Governor of New Mexico
  • Endorsed Ron Paul for President in 2008
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?