Biden to Take Down NRA, Hickenlooper Talks Assault Weapons Ban and Gun Licensing

Former Obama VP Joe Biden is banking hard on his anti-gun pedigree. (Photo: Joe Biden Facebook)

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.

SEE ALSO: Cory Booker Wants Nationalized Gun Licensing, One-Gun-a-Month, Universal Background Checks

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.

SEE ALSO: Democrats Propose Nationwide 10+ Round Magazine Ban

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.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Gary Hughes February 20, 2021, 9:47 am

    Fuck joe biden.

  • David Welsh September 18, 2020, 7:04 pm

    Hickenlooper would look absolutely ravishing in tar and feathers. I care more what the local drunk thinks than Hickey.

    • Ray February 19, 2021, 11:52 am

      The communist trying to disarm us I for one will not comply.

  • Lopaka Kanaka June 4, 2019, 7:51 pm

    No one on this planet can stop a Gun crazy killer with out reading the mind of a sick person.
    We have too many copy Cat that go out to try to out kill the person that has the largest killing
    by gun fire. Hand guns and rifle do the same killing held by the same killing derange person.
    So far Men kill more than Women in this country. No law change by our Law makers in Congress
    is going to change the killers mind. Stop trying to band all rifles and hand guns from law biding
    citizens of this Country. Spend more time for health care, Tax cuts and housing for the homeless
    in this Country. Give some of your Millions of Dollar to the needed and homeless on the streets.

  • ES June 3, 2019, 12:00 pm

    When President Trump was elected, the Republicans had the House and Senate. Had they (Republicans) put together a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) instead of sitting on their asses for those 8 years and also passed legislation for a border wall, giving President Trump the funds needed to complete said wall, but no, couldn’t do that… had to allow the House to be taken back to the Dems and damn near the Senate. I’m an Independent. I concern myself on the issues and platform that each individual candidate runs on even though that may change once that person has entered office. Now, it’s go time and the Dems are once again sticking together to attempt to pass legislation concerning our 2nd Amendment rights. Everyone hates the current President and want him out of office. That’s a broad statement but one that rings true. Voters are thinking (not all but some) we voted Republican last election cycle and look what happened? They (Congress) argued and got nothing accomplished but the Dems put together and passed Obama car 8 years past. Why should we vote Republican again?

  • John Rogers June 1, 2019, 12:17 pm

    As has already been proven by the NY SAFE law, and the various bumpstock bans around the country, passing a law, and enforcing a law, are two very different things. When gun owners choose to ignore these laws, the politicians have already lost. They have no means to enforce their grand plans.

    Eventually, people are going to get the idea to prevent political candidates with these ideas from ever entering office.

  • tim June 1, 2019, 10:32 am

    Wow! National licensing, No reciprocity. How the hell’s that work?

  • Jaque May 31, 2019, 10:23 pm

    I trust no political party, politician, lawmaker, heads of state, govornors, presidents, or the NRA to peserve the Second Amendment and my freedoms. History proves this a wise personal doctrine. The NRA has done more to nullify the Second Amendment than most lawmakers. These Communist gun grabbers must believe should they by executive order or even law ban and sieze Americans arms, they will trigger a mass resistance by millions of Americans upon their authority unseen since the revolutionary war. They must know that will be the price for their actions to ban and sieze and license the lawful Americans who own arms.

    • Nick T June 1, 2019, 5:43 pm

      The system of law in this nation operates by a determination of a wrong, and an enforcement. A wrong could be failing to uphold the Duty that the Constitution clearly states such as Article 1, Section 8, Cls. 15. There is a Duty imposed on the State and the People in order that the congress can call upon the People. We vehemently oppose performing that Duty, primarily because almost every American knows little to nothing about the actual law and history surrounding it. Honestly, I know many lawyers and judges, and they are clueless about the proper application of law in this area.
      I don’t see people who have no real training coming out to resist.
      http://www.restoretherepublic.org/2018/09/what-does-it-say/

  • Gus May 31, 2019, 9:28 pm

    Only thing Biden is going to take down is his pants to molest a child!

  • Ed Boyd-Kuppenbender May 31, 2019, 8:10 pm

    Really? I don’t believe that.

  • Ed Boyd-Kuppenbender May 31, 2019, 8:08 pm

    We simply cannot allow the individual freedom hating Democrats to win. It has to stop here and now!

  • Bobs your uncle May 31, 2019, 7:00 pm

    Joe and his family have received millions from foreign interests as vice president imagine what he could get as president, it’s all about power and money. If you think its about you or your children’s safety I have a bridge and real estate for sale. Its simple, vote democrat loose your rights.

  • CharlieKing1 May 31, 2019, 4:58 pm

    You know, I might take these clowns a little more seriously if they bothered to learn a little more about firearms and their function. Hickenlooper’s call for banning silencers; seriously, why would he want to ban silencers? Could it be all that he knows about silencers he learned from watching Hollywood movies?

    Every one of these clowns running for POTUS have the same talking points…their answer to the ills of this society is to ban an inanimate object. No real solutions to real problems…

    • Rick Lee Robinson June 1, 2019, 11:16 pm

      Chicago. Now there’s a model city when it comes to “more laws mean more safety” The gangs will line up to take safety classes a nd register their firearms.

  • Kevin Baxter May 31, 2019, 4:27 pm

    The Devilcrats never seem to learn. They have run on gun control before, and it hasn’t worked out well for them. I guess that as a conservative, I should be pleased with their stubborn ignorance.

  • Fred K May 31, 2019, 3:19 pm

    This old bastard Biden has no clue how the game is played. Maybe he’s been into his sons bag of stash.

  • Burt May 31, 2019, 2:53 pm

    Jordan tops his article with a picture of the president who expanded our gun rights to carry in national parks and never even mentioned that. Better have him checked for Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  • Severo Velez May 31, 2019, 2:01 pm

    The only thing you have to do for evil (the democratic party and its legions) to win is to do nothing. It does not matter if you’re a republican
    and what you believe in the democrat primaries come out and vote against these dictators and traitors who take an oath to defend and protect the constitution of the United States of America.

    Vive la république, vive les États-Unis. Vive la liberté. au diable les traîtres

  • Walter A. Gmyr II May 31, 2019, 12:16 pm

    Obviously, all Demonrats are criminals, because the criminals will vote for gun
    control in any form to give them the advantage in their criminal activity

  • BTHATCH May 31, 2019, 11:47 am

    Assault rifles don’t kill its the criminal pulling the trigger…. I can shoot just as many rounds through a hunting rifle as an “assault rifle”. Assault rifles just have a mean look to them compared to any hunting rifle. Trump MADE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!

  • Robert Reppermund May 31, 2019, 11:46 am

    In the beginning GOD made man and woman, from them came evil. later GOD deminished all and started over. As time went on good men were born who gave us rights to protect ourselves from new evil and again we have evil Dem’s trying to put us back in the shit again.
    History repeating itself but this time the people who remember back to the beginning will not need a flood to cleanse evil. Because of the birth of our forefathers and the Constitution we will do the cleansing, with GOD’s help and those Americans with the guts to stand together.

    Our waters are being tested slowly with illegal confiscations and the ignoring of the Constitution. Evil has seen nothing being done but to them, be aware that the day will come when a flood will be upon them, this time in the form of the American people! “GOD bless the USA”

  • Peter Brown May 31, 2019, 11:44 am

    joey bidet couldn’t find a house fly without assistance of security detail. The boy, like so many of that group, is desperate.

  • Brian F May 31, 2019, 10:54 am

    I will NEVER vote for any GD politician, no matter what his/her stripe is, that wants to take MY Constitutional right to own and carry a firearm! I DON”T need a license to exercise a Constitutional right! You scumbags want a civil war? Bring it on! My forefathers fought against tyrants 250 and 150 years ago and I will do the same!

  • Erwin Lang May 31, 2019, 10:44 am

    Does Biden’s security detail carry guns or slingshots? Just asking.

  • trapperwv1 May 31, 2019, 10:32 am

    Joe Biden, you probably on average have less than 10 years left on earth, unless you just enjoy trying to screw up the US you should retire and go enjoy your life while your are still able.

  • Alan L Robinson May 31, 2019, 10:02 am

    And this is why “Party trumps Person”, plain and simple.
    The GOP leaves a boatload to be desired from a Conservative Constitutional standpoint, but the Democrats have gone full tilt Socialist/Fascist on us, and cannot be trusted with anything.
    And Biden is a classic case of the Politico who will say and do anything to get elected.

  • SN May 31, 2019, 9:56 am

    Wait a minute! “guns that are even more potentially dangerous than a hunting rifle” ??? You mean, like a .308, 30-06, etc.???? What is a “hunting rifle”? A .22cal squirrel gun? 12ga. birdshot fired into the air from a 2 shot side by side on the front porch? Go out to the farm with a hunter! You’re gonna get slapped down the first time you cover my balls with your stupid shotgun and the first time you put your finger on the trigger without a legitimate target in sight!

  • krinkov545 May 31, 2019, 9:47 am

    Touchy feely little girl groping Joe moves up to lead clown in the 2020 democrat President Klown show. HONK!! HONK!!

  • Jay May 31, 2019, 9:11 am

    All the Democrat/communist have done, even since before Trump was elected, is try and stop him at all cost. The politicians in our government either do not help him or are in direct opposition to him, even conducting a out right Coup against our standing president! They encourage voter fraud for votes, bring in all the illegals they can to weaken our society, help the drug cartels to continue in dubbing down the masses etc… We have a declaration of Independence and a Constitution, both are constantly being made light of, We The People are going to be forced to replace this standing government as they do not abide by our number one means of existence, The Constitution! Our fore fathers understood and knew we would get to this point and that is why both where written the way they were. We are all guilty of letting the government rule instead of the People and we will be forced to take back control of our Constitutional Republic, our government, as they are all hell bent on nothing but total Control! It is inevitable!

    • Jeremy May 31, 2019, 11:22 am

      Sad, but true. It’s all about controlling the masses now, it hasn’t been for our best interest for a long time.

  • Bill May 31, 2019, 8:57 am

    I have vowed, and I would encourage all 2nd amendment supporters to do likewise, not to buy any product that I am aware o,f from a company that supports the socialist agenda. I have also vowed not to vacation, or spend money in, any socialist state.

  • Clint W. May 31, 2019, 8:53 am

    There are two groups that can be discriminated against with no repercussions, Christians, and gun owners/gun rights supporters. What happens if all the other specialty groups are discriminated against? They sue and sue big time. Maybe it is time, for any person, or surviving members involved in a crime, any crime, to sue for having their Second Amendment rights violated such that they were not permitted to defend themselves. The Supreme Court ruled many years ago, police organizations are under no requirement to protect you, and have no liability if they don’t. So, in gun control locales, you can’t defend yourself, and nobody is responsible to take up the slack of having this right taken from you. That is the, “Let them rob/injure/rape/kill you”, liberal interpretation of the Second Amendment. Why does this country just roll over and accept this reasoning??

  • joefoam May 31, 2019, 8:48 am

    All these democrats are running on gun control? Apparently they think that it’s a hot button issue. It is way down on the list of issues for voters behind health care, border security and international affairs. If they want to ignore 100 million gun owners and potential voters go ahead. The people whispering in their ears must be the ones who ran Hillary’s campaign.

  • IPDAILY May 31, 2019, 8:43 am

    I having a hard time with believing that these people in the Demonrat party are even Americans.
    They persist in reducing our freedoms through regulations and deceit. They are no longer a Liberal party, they are straight up Marxist Leftists. This is a bigger problem than just the absurd gun control policies they push. The whole lot are open borders Soros supporters and must be crushed in the polls. We can not allow them to govern our nation into socialist state. The first thing the Socialists do is take the peoples guns away.

  • Gary Burkett May 31, 2019, 7:56 am

    I can see why states like Alabama wouldn’t want the issues of gun control happy Chicago…… seems to be working well there.

  • Matt May 31, 2019, 7:37 am

    What part of “shall not be infringed “ do they not understand? To act against our Constitution is treasonous and all who try should be held accountable for illegal acts against America.

  • Dr Motown May 31, 2019, 6:59 am

    Time to require fingerprinting, retinal scans, and mandatory civics tests for any one who wants to vote….paid for by the prospective voter

  • Retnavet May 31, 2019, 6:36 am

    I challenge these no-nothing-about-firearms idiots libtards to cite the statistics of crimes committed with a “silenced” gun

  • Mike May 31, 2019, 6:24 am

    Bring it Joe, as long as you lead this parade. Never mind going after criminals, just disregard the Constitution for your own personal agenda. I will feel so much safer then. But just fast forward to what your real agenda is, and head right to your and the rest of liberals goal of total confiscation.

    Sure, the NRA is the cause of school shootings. Just explain how? Is Coors Light the cause of all drunk driving? Ban that while you are at it. Cars that will exceed the posted speed limits too. Well, just everything you Liberals don’t like. But keep what you do.

    It’s too bad they don’t put this much effort in fixing the Country’s real problems ….

  • Norman Dvorak May 31, 2019, 6:17 am

    I will never vote for anyone running for President of the United States who does NOT follow our Constitution and Bill of Rights. To me these people who won’t follow our Constitution are nothing but traitors.

    • DONALD May 31, 2019, 9:26 am

      You mean like the guy in the Oval Office now abides the Constitution ? Keep endorsing divide and no one but the .01% will win.

      • Gary May 31, 2019, 2:40 pm

        More of the leftist crap, just a different hole. You have no idea how much he has UNITED law abiding, God fearing, gun toting American patriots. Bring your best game! You’ve lost already!

  • Mark Hopkins May 31, 2019, 4:58 am

    The anti gun cunts are hell bent on starting a civil war. We will NEVER comply with their shit for brains “laws”. The 2nd amendment of the United States Constitution stands until we become a fascist/communist shithole. I will fight to the death to see that doesn’t happen. I hope all true Americans and patriots will do the same.

    • srsquidizen May 31, 2019, 7:59 am

      Most liberals are dumb, but their leaders are smart and just control freaks. They know “progressives” would not come out well in a civil war. Few own guns, and the honorable members of our military would obey their oath–which is to defend the Constitution not do the bidding of liberals. They’d be up the creek.

      Keeping their sheep afraid of and riled up about guns, gun owners and gun organizations is just one of the control freak liberals’ methods of control. But it can boil over and actually get some incredibly stupid laws passed like it did during the Clinton era. That’s what we have to watch out for.

  • Larry Muhr May 31, 2019, 3:28 am

    It seems that liberals are against the Constitution, especially the 2 nd. Amendment. Why don’t they mention this in their speeches? In Colorado, Hickenlooper was a damn fool! We are glad to see him gone. We must elect only Conservatives, and let all Liberals go soak their heads.

    • Robert May 31, 2019, 9:06 am

      Yes he left thank god but now we have rainbow warrior butt pirate in office in Colorado that is doing the same if not worse job as the last clown. We need to be recalling the democrats out of office since they dont think the law of the land applies to them.

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