The race between Democratic presidential candidates to run the most anti-gun campaign is in full swing, and this week former Vice President Joe Biden and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper entered the fray.
As part of his larger education platform, Biden vowed to “Defeat the National Rifle Association – again – in order to make our schools safer.”
Shotgun Joe hasn’t been shy about touting his record as one of the authors of the 1994 “assault weapon” ban, and he’s hoping his gun grabbing bona fides will convince voters that he can do what his old boss couldn’t.
“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about whether their kids will come home from school, and students shouldn’t have to sacrifice themselves for their friends days before graduation,” Biden’s campaign website explains. “We cannot let gun violence become an acceptable part of American life.”
It continues: “Biden knows that arming teachers isn’t the answer; instead, we need rational gun laws. As President, he will secure passage of gun legislation to make our students safer, and he knows he can do it because he’s defeated the National Rifle Association twice before.”
Biden will begin by supporting “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazine bans, and his campaign plans to release additional proposals in the coming weeks.
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Rather than harping on the NRA, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper got down to brass tacks. Much like Senator Cory Booker’s plan, Hickenlooper’s proposal would require national gun licensing and require gun owners to pass safety tests.
All gun owners would be required to obtain a national gun license (and renew every five years), but gun owners born after 2001 would also be required, after turning 21, to pass a “gun safety and storage training” class.
“Most hunters go through hunter safety classes to obtain a hunting license, so it reasons we should expand this practice across guns that are even more potentially dangerous than a hunting rifle,” he says.
Along with national licensing, Hickenlooper wants to ban “assault weapons,” limit magazine capacity, ban the sale of “silencers,” outlaw 3-D printed guns, repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, mandate safe storage, and fold the ATF into the FBI.
He also goes after concealed carry reciprocity, a policy most presidential candidates have thus far ignored.
If concealed carry reciprocity is enacted, “authorities in major cities with robust gun safety laws would be forced to accept much-less stringent concealed carry permits from very different places,” he says. “Standards to receive concealed carry permits in Alabama are very different than those in Chicago, but under concealed carry reciprocity, they would be treated the same.”
Hickenlooper is polling so low that he doesn’t even register on most presidential surveys. Biden, on the other hand, has remained the prohibitive favorite since announcing his candidacy, and enjoys a double-digit lead over most of his opponents. His support of “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazine bans comes as no surprise, but his full gun control proposal could set the agenda for a potential Democrat-controlled Congress post-2020.