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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Gun Reform: Assault Weapons Ban

WHAT IT IS

  • An assault weapon is an automatic or semiautomatic firearm. [Merriam-Webster] These guns can be referred to as a military-style weapon.
  • High capacity magazines and bump stocks can turn a firearm into an assault-style weapon. [Giffords Law CenterBump stocks are illegal. [NPR

  • At least 5 states have banned the sale and/or ownership of assault weapons. [Giffords Law Center] Some states have passed restrictions on ownership, others have banned the sale and/or ownership of high capacity magazines. See a state by state breakdown here.

CONTEXT

  • Due to the use of these weapons in mass killings in the United States, lawmakers have been urged to make the sale of assault weapons illegal.
  • A 2018 Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans support an assault weapons ban.

  • Nov 2019: Supreme Court "cleared the way" in allowing family members of gun violence victims to sue the manufacturers of assault-style weapons. [The New York Times]

 

TRUMP ELECTION

President Trump is unclear on an assault weapons ban.

 

Why is it unclear

While in office, President Trump has placed no federal restrictions on assault weapons.

 

In 2018, President Trump suggested considering an assault weapons ban. [The New York Times]

 

In 2000, President Trump wrote in publically supported an assault weapons ban.

What he's said

2019: There's "no political appetite" for an assault weapons ban. [Politico]

 

 

What he's done:

The Trump administration has placed no federal restrictions on assault weapons.

BIDEN ELECTION

Former Vice President Biden supports an assault weapons ban.

 

What he's said

  • 2020: "Biden knows that gun violence is a public health epidemic..." [Joe Biden Campaign
  • 2020: Biden pledges to pass additional legislation that patches the loopholes in the 1994 act and strengths a federal ban on assault weapons. [Joe Biden Campaign]

What he's done

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Biden also supports a voluntary buyback program, where owners of assault weapons can either register their assault weapons or have the government buyback their gun.

 

[Politico], [The Washington Post]

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