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Biden’s and the Democratic National Platform’s Proposals on Gun Control

2 Oct , 2020  

Joe Biden’s campaign website contains a long list of promised gun control regulations, including:

— Hold gun manufacturers accountable, make it so gun makers and sellers will be sued every time their guns are used improperly. These aren’t product liability lawsuits or cases where the companies broke the law in selling the gun, but simply any time someone is harmed by the product.

— Licensing of gun owners

— bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

— prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.

— Red Flag laws

The Democratic National Platform on Gun Control discussion is less specific, but is available here.

Ending the Epidemic of Gun Violence

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Over 100,000 people are shot and nearly 40,000 people die annually from guns—devastating countless families, friends, and communities. We can and will make gun violence a thing of the past. Addressing the gun violence crisis requires supporting evidence-based programs that prevent gun deaths from occurring in the first place, including by making mental health care more accessible and supporting suicide reduction initiatives, funding interventions to reduce homicides and gun violence in neighborhoods, and strengthening protections against domestic violence. Democrats will also ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have sufficient resources to study gun violence as a public health issue, including the ongoing health care, mental health, economic, and social costs that can affect survivors and their families for years.

Democrats will enact universal background checks, end online sales of guns and ammunition, close dangerous loopholes that currently allow stalkers, abusive partners, and some individuals convicted of assault or battery to buy and possess firearms, and adequately fund the federal background check system. We will close the “Charleston loophole” and prevent individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms. Democrats will ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We will incentivize states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms and extreme risk protection order laws that allow courts to temporarily remove guns from the possession of those who are a danger to themselves or others. We will pass legislation requiring that guns be safely stored in homes. And Democrats believe that gun companies should be held responsible for their products, just like any other business, and will prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from civil liability.

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