Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker released an expansive gun violence prevention proposal today. In a press release he stated, “We will pass universal background checks. We will ban assault weapons and close the loopholes that allow people who should never have a gun to get one. We will bring a fight to the NRA like they have never ever seen before. And we will win.”
Booker’s proposal covered a gamut of issues including:
Gun licensing requirements encompassing basic safety and training standards and the completion of a certified gun safety course. Additionally, applicants would have to submit background information and fingerprints to be verified by the FBI. Automatic compliance checks would be put in place. Every five years, a gun license renewal would be required.
I’m tired of seeing sidewalk shrines to the victims of gun violence in my community and in cities all across America. It’s nice to have a hearing… but we need to have a vote, and we need to change some laws. pic.twitter.com/wLblD3am3K— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) March 26, 2019
Federal regulation of gun manufacturers, who are currently exempt. This would mean bringing the Consumer Product Safety Commission onboard to ensure gun safety through safety warnings and recalls for faulty firearms.
Required handgun microstamping in new models of semi-automatic handguns sold in the United States. Microstamping technology enables law enforcement to identify the source of ammunition used in crimes and tying this back to the specific gun that fired the round.
Close the “Boyfriend Loophole” and apply the same law that forbids abusive spouses or ex-spouses convicted of abuse or under a restraining order from purchasing a firearm to include dating partners or former dating partners.
Provide dedicated funding for research on gun violence including into evidence-based approaches to reducing gun suicide.
Increase funding and repeal restrictive riders at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that hinders law enforcement’s ability to investigate crimes and crack down on gun dealers.
Support extreme risk prevention order laws (ERPO) laws, thereby empowering “family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from individuals showing warning signs of hurting themselves or others.”
Limit gun buyers to one handgun per month in order to limit bulk purchases of firearms, a vital step in combating gun trafficking.
Require gun owners report lost and stolen firearms in order to illegal gun trafficking.
Increase community-based violence intervention programs funding and provide grant funding for local law enforcement to adopt new technology, including acoustic gunshot detection systems.
Increase trauma support for survivors and communities impacted by gun violence, as well as ending gun industry immunity by repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLACC), a step that would allow victims of gun violence to bring gun dealers and manufacturers to court over negligence.
Call on the IRS to conduct an investigation into the NRA’s tax status with an eye at revoking its tax-exempt status.
Along with Booker’s outlined gun violence prevention plan, he said of his intentions, “We won’t wait for more thoughts and prayers for communities that have been shattered by gun violence — from Pittsburgh to Parkland to Charleston to communities where kids fear the fireworks of Fourth of July because to them they sound like gunshots.”