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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Gun Reform: Weapon Registry



President Trump is unclear about federal firearm registry. 


What he's said

Bites Media is unable to find direct quotes from President Trump on his political stance on a federal firearm registry or licensing program.


Generally, President Trump has expressed opposition on worries new gun-related laws, believing it creates a "slippery slope" that could lead to a total handgun ban. [U.S. News and World Report]



What he's done

While in office, President Trump has not supported more signed into law a federal firearm registry created. [The Washington Post]


Former Vice President Biden supports a firearm registry.


Biden appears to favor a strong state approach to registration or licensing with federal oversight.



What he's said

Biden calls for legislation "to give states and local governments grants to require individuals to obtain a license prior to purchasing a gun." [Joe Biden Campaign]


Biden promises to enforce existing provisions in the National Firearms Act "to regulate the possession of existing assault weapons." [Joe Biden Campaign]


Under his plan, owners of assault weapons or high-capacity magazines would either register them or sell them to the government as part of a buyback program.  [Joe Biden Campaign]

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