Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is running on a very strong gun-control platform in her bid for the White House. She is proposing a massive anti-gun package in the name of curbing suicide and gun violence, and it would make things dramatically more difficult for gun owners.
Her plan calls for sweeping executive orders, reinstating and expanding the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, investigating the National Rifle Association, ending the filibuster process and imposing severe taxes on firearms and ammunition.
“In 2017, almost 40,000 people died from guns in the United States,” writes Warren for Medium. “My goal as President, and our goal as a society, will be to reduce that number by 80%. We might not know how to get all the way there yet. But we’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work.”
“We’ll continue by constantly revisiting and updating those solutions based on new public health research,” Warren continued. “And we’ll make structural changes to end the ability of corrupt extremists to block our government from defending the lives of our people – starting with ending the filibuster.”
Currently, the government imposes a 10 percent excise tax on handguns and an 11 percent tax on other firearms and ammunition. Warren’s plan calls for increasing these taxes to 30 percent on firearms and 50 percent on ammunition.
“It’s time for Congress to raise those rates … to reduce new gun and ammunition sales overall and to bring in new federal revenue that we can use for gun violence prevention and enforcement of existing gun laws.”
Other executive orders and proposed legislation in the plan include a national licensing system for gun ownership, mandatory background checks on private sales, reinstating a one-week waiting period, instating firearm purchasing limits, reinforcing laws against straw purchasing and raising the minimum age to buy all guns to 21 years old.
Her proposal to reinstate the Assault Weapons ban also calls for a registry of all firearms that are already in private possession. Along with the ban and registry, Warren would roll out a “buy-back” program for gun owners who would opt out of gun ownership, and penalize any gun owners who do not comply with the registry.
Warren’s new Assault Weapons Ban includes magazine capacity limits and would ban the ownership of any accessories that make firearms “increasingly deadly,” including pistol braces.
Additional proposed legislation includes a nation-wide red flag law, expanding the definition of “prohibited person” to include hate crimes, barring gun ownership for people under restraining orders and expanding the Gun-Free Zones Act.
Warren would also like to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which would allow lawsuits against firearm and ammunition companies to go forward if their products are used unlawfully. Warren’s gun-control package would even hold company owners personally liable for consumer safety reasons.
“We can build a grassroots movement to take back the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, and pass federal gun safety legislation that will save lives,” said Warren.
“And from the White House, I’ll make sure that the NRA and their cronies are held accountable with executive action,” she continued. “If we turn our heartbreak and our anger into action, I know we can take the power from the NRA and the lawmakers in their pockets and return it to the people.”