Daily Bulletin: Militia Members Joined Another Protest of State Gun Bills

Daily Bulletin: Militia Members Joined Another Protest of State Gun Bills

Oath Keepers patrol Emancipation Park during Charlottesville’s 2017 "Unite the Right" rally. [Anthony Crider/Flickr] Good morning, Bulletin readers. From state capitals to the debate state, this weekend brought fresh indications of the prominent place gun policy will hold in 2020 politics. We’re here to catch you up. Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Bernie Sanders on gun control: “The world has changed, and my views have changed.” Friday’s Democratic presidential primary debate was the first in several rounds to feature a back-and-forth on gun policy, and former Vice President Joe Biden seized the moment to criticize the Vermont Senator and current frontrunner for his past votes on two significant planks of federal gun policy. During Sanders’s years as a congressman, he voted against the bill creating the federal gun background check system and for legislation shielding gun businesses from most liability. Sanders’s positions on guns now align with the pro-reform proposals of his rivals (as our candidate guide shows), but the shift has opened him to questions about his ideological integrity. Assault weapon ban advances in Virginia House. In a party-line vote, Democrats on the Public Safety Committee forwarded a ban on the sale, import, transfer, and manufacture of assault-style guns to the full House. The bill would allow owners of existing assault-style weapons to register and keep them and makes exceptions for shared use at gun ranges and gifts to immediate family members. Following the vote, Capitol police […]

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