Gun Control

Joe Biden (D)

• Supports universal background checks
• Close the loophole that allows individuals to buys guns online or at gun shows without a background check
• Supports banning military-style assault weapons
• Supports a voluntary federal buyback program for military-style assault weapons
• Ban high capacity ammunition magazines
• Proposes fingerprint lock on firearms

Michael Bloomberg (D)

• Require universal point-of-sale background checks for all gun sales and close the private sale loophole, which allows people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers online
• Require every gun buyer to get a permit before making a purchase
• Formally declare the gun violence crisis to be a public health emergency to expedite funds and research
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
• Close the "boyfriend" loophole
• Pass a federal red flag law and fund state efforts to maximize the policy
• Require gun buyers to be at least 21 years old to buy handguns and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns
• Set a temporary bar on gun possession by assault and other violent misdemeanor offenders
• Make straw purchasing and trafficking stand-alone federal crimes
• Doesn't support a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons
• Pass legislation barring online publication of 3D-printing gun blueprints
• Require secure storage of firearms to reduce the risk of child gun injuries by up to 85 percent
• Ban all guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – except for law enforcement
• Fund at least $100 million annually for local violence intervention programs
• Increase ATF funding by up to $100 million annually so that the Bureau is able to police the gun industry more effectively
• Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) so that gunmakers and gun dealers will no longer have broad immunity from civil lawsuits

Pete Buttigieg (D)

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Supports a voluntary federal buyback program for military-style assault weapons
• Establish a nationwide gun licensing system which would require all gun buyers to be licensed
• Supports red flag laws
• Invest in evidence-based urban gun violence intervention programs proven to work

Tulsi Gabbard (D)

• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
• Close the "gun show loophole"
• Supports universal background checks

Amy Klobuchar (D)

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Supports a voluntary federal buyback program for military-style assault weapons
• Ban high capacity ammunition magazines
• Reform gun laws while respecting the 2nd Amendment
• Supports red flag laws
• Close the "gun show" and "boyfriend loophole"
• Prevent people with severe mental illness from acquiring guns
• Against arming teachers with guns

Bernie Sanders (D)

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Supports a federal buyback program for military-style assault weapons
• He has not specified whether the buybacks would be voluntary or mandatory
• Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
• Close the "gun show loophole"

Tom Steyer (D)

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Restrict high-capacity magazines

Donald Trump (R)

• Opposes gun control
• Believes we should respect the 2nd Amendment and choose Supreme Court Justices who will uphold it
• Supports arming school employees
• Opposes gun free zones in schools

Joe Walsh (R)

• Strongly supports the Second Amendment
• Supports arming school employees to prevent school shootings
• End gun-free zones in schools and military bases

Elizabeth Warren (D)

• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity magazines
• Supports universal background checks
• Restore funding to studying gun violence and its public health consequences
• Calls for gun manufacturers to do more to reduce gun violence
• Investigate the NRA
• Revoke licenses for gun dealers who break the law
• Raise minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21
• Raise taxes on gun manufacturers to 30% for guns and 50% for ammunition

Bill Weld (R)

• Limit the number of guns an individual can buy
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Institute waiting periods for firearms purchases
• Ban handgun sales to individuals under 21

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