Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) on Saturday unveiled her plan to combat gun violence that would set a goal of reducing gun deaths in America by 80 percent and support an assault weapons ban.

The Democratic presidential candidate said her plan would support federal gun licensing and universal background checks, in addition to higher taxes on guns and ammunition.

If elected, Warren said her plan would eliminate the filibuster to pass gun legislation in her first 100 days.


The plan’s rollout comes ahead of her appearance at a forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates for firearms regulation. Warren’s proposal also comes after she called on Friday for Walmart to stop selling guns.

Warren said her plan would provide $100 million per year for gun safety research and would focus resources on minority communities that have “borne the brunt” of gun violence.

Her proposal comes a week after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left at least 31 dead and dozens injured.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE this week indicated that the House and Senate are working on plans to expand background check legislation following the shootings, while indicating that the White House could be open to supporting a compromise bill.

“Frankly, we need intelligent background checks, OK?” he said Friday. “This isn’t a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that they had spoken with Trump and urged him to support a universal background check bill. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.), meanwhile, predicted this week that gun background checks and so-called red flag laws would be “front and center” in the chamber’s upcoming debate on gun-related legislation.

A number of other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have rolled out policy proposals to combat gun violence in the days since the shootings.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) released a plan to combat domestic terrorism on Monday that would invest $1 billion to combat and prevent extremism and radicalization in the U.S. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE on Friday rolled out plans to combat gun violence and white supremacy.

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