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Cory Booker rolls out gun control plan: Gun owner licenses, weapons bans, limits on purchases

May 6, 2019

Presidential candidate Sen. Cory A. Booker on Monday proposed a massive gun control plan that included licensing gun ownership, cracking down on firearm manufacturers and banning military-style “assault” rifles.

He called it the most sweeping gun-violence prevention proposal ever put forth by a presidential candidate.

“My plan to address gun violence is simple we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Mr. Booker, New Jersey Democrat, said in a statement announcing the plan.

Staking out the aggressive gun control agenda to appeal to Democrats long frustrated with U.S. gun laws, Mr. Booker sought a break-out moment for his campaign that has languished in the low single digits in the polls.

The plan included:

Require gun owner licenses similar to drivers’ licenses, with fingerprinting, background checks and a certified gun safety course.

Limit gun buyers to one handgun purchase per month.

Increased government regulation and oversight to gun manufacturers, including allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to enforce safety standards and issue recall orders for faulty firearms.

End legal immunity that prevents victims of gun violence from suing sellers and manufacturers of firearms.

Require handgun microstamping, a technology that enables law enforcement to identify the source of ammunition used in crimes by making a shell casing traceable to the specific gun that fired the round.

Expand laws that prevent people accused of domestic violence to include dating partners.

Ban military-style “assault” rifles, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Overhaul the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with increased funding, repeal of restriction on its authority to investigate crimes and crack down on gun dealers.

Institute universal background checks for gun sales.

“In my community, kids fear fireworks on the Fourth of July because they sound like gunshots,” said Mr. Booker, who lives in Newark, where he previously served as mayor. “In communities across the country, from Newark to Charlotte, from San Diego to Chicago, and everywhere in between, Americans are being killed and families are being torn apart. We must do better. We need to do better.”

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