Buttigieg endorses nationwide gun licensing system

Buttigieg endorses nationwide gun licensing system

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled a host of gun control proposals Thursday, including universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons. "Pete knows that America can protect gun rights and balance the Second Amendment with sensible gun laws," his campaign website states . "He understands that solving the gun violence epidemic requires a comprehensive approach, and that begins with universal background checks as the foundation for reducing gun violence. Pete also understands that solutions to gun violence are not an ‘either-or’ proposition, and universal background checks must be accompanied by a package of other reforms to reduce gun deaths nationwide — deaths caused by suicide, daily urban violence, school shootings, domestic violence, and accidents." His campaign also noted the South Bend, Ind., mayor understands the majority of gun deaths are from suicides, which is why he wants more "Extreme Risk Protection Orders," also known as red flag laws, and waiting periods on gun purchases. Fellow contender Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was the first 2020 candidate to introduce the idea of federal gun licensing. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas was initially opposed to the idea, but before changing his mind the next day. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she was opposed to the idea. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said they were unable to comment on Booker’s plan since they had not read it yet but expressed the need for more gun control. I haven’t seen it,” Harris told the National Review. “As […]

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