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Politics Bloomberg unveils sweeping gun control plan

23:52  05 december  2019
23:52  05 december  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Michael R. Bloomberg proposed a sweeping array of federal gun - control measures on Thursday, calling for a national gun licensing system and stricter background checks, hundreds of The plan Mr. Bloomberg is unveiling on Thursday represents, in some respects, a shift leftward even for him.

The Parkland, Florida, students, who survived the 2018 Valentine's Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schooly and subsequently started #MarchForOurLives, just unveiled a bold gun control proposal. TicToc by Bloomberg is global news for the life you lead.

Michael Bloomberg rolled out his gun control platform Thursday afternoon in Aurora, Colo. — the town where an armed man opened fire in a movie theater in 2012, killing 12 people.

Michael Bloomberg wearing a suit and tie: Michael Bloomberg.© Rick Scuteri, File/AP Photo Michael Bloomberg.

The billionaire businessman is calling for stronger background checks and permit requirements, aspirations that for years have stymied Democrats searching for bipartisan congressional support and coming up short.

Since entering the Democratic presidential primary last month, Bloomberg has been amplifying his gun control record as he seeks to win over a party that hasn’t settled on a frontrunner. Gun control is a popular issue with the left flank of the party that is otherwise distrustful of the former New York City mayor’s vast wealth — an estimated $54.7 billion — and routine financial support of Republicans over the years.

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Bloomberg calls for a background check system that entails permits for all new gun buyers, police notification when owners have been prohibited from holding firearms and a crackdown on unlicensed sellers at gun shows or online, according to campaign officials. As mayor in 2009, Bloomberg oversaw a sting operation at gun shows around the country and turned over illegally-bought firearms to federal authorities.

His team said his proposed law would carve out exceptions for law enforcement officials, hunting and self-defense, and noted 21 states and Washington, D.C. already have similar measures in place.

Bloomberg is also calling for a “red flag screening” to block people who pose a danger from getting permitted to own a firearm. Issuers would have to review histories of domestic violence and other risks.

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Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre on Wednesday released a sweeping gun - control plan that would ban assault-style rifles and take other steps in hopes of halving U.S. firearms deaths and injuries.

And he demands that guns not be sold before background checks are complete, a policy his team said could have prevented 15,000 sales to people prohibited from owning a gun over five years. The “Charleston loophole,” which Democrats have already tried to end, reportedly enabled shooter Dylann Roof to buy a gun in 2015 and kill nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church.

The issue of gun control has long proven a hurdle for Democrats.

a group of people wearing costumes: Gun control activists gather outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 2. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Gun control activists gather outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 2.

President Obama described his failure to secure similar measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting as one of his greatest regrets, telling BBC in 2015 it was "the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied."

A spokesman said Bloomberg “is the only candidate in the race who has taken on the NRA and won, time and again,” referring to his personal expenditure of several hundred million dollars on the issue. In 2018, Bloomberg invested $112 million on 24 political candidates who supported gun control measures and won 21 of those races.

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The Parkland student’s plan calls for several hard-line gun control measures, including a national gun buy-back and disposal program, a federal system of gun licensing that requires background checks and annual renewals, and it urges politicians to declare a national emergency around gun violence.

Sen. Cory Booker will unveil a suite of proposals Monday to reform the nation's gun laws in what his campaign describes as "the most sweeping plan ever put forth by a presidential candidate" to address gun violence.

“He’s passed gun laws in states across the country that have saved lives, including winning in states with Republican control,” the spokesman, Marc La Vorgna, said in response to how Bloomberg intends to build bipartisan support for his platform. “He has shown he knows how to break through and deliver smart gun laws and will do the same as president.”

Some proposals that can be achieved through executive action include closing the “boyfriend loophole” for physically abusive domestic partners, appointing a White House czar to oversee the issue and setting up a task force.

After meeting with gun violence survivors Thursday, Bloomberg will receive an endorsement from Colorado state Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora theater shooting.

Bloomberg's candidacy has already drawn the ire of an old and politically important foe.

“Mike Bloomberg gave Everytown for ‘Gun Safety’ $38M last year – 55% of their revenue. That means that a majority of their budget comes from just ONE BILLIONAIRE. In contrast, the bulk of NRA revenue comes from millions of hard-working Americans. #MicDrop,” the NRA tweeted about the ex-mayor's gun control organization on Nov. 26.

A day later the organization tweeted, “Michael Bloomberg’s bought and paid for Virginia legislators have wasted no time introducing legislation that would make Virginia's gun laws worse than New York. First up: a total ban on commonly-owned semi-auto firearms and common firearm parts.”

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