Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE on Wednesday unveiled his plan to combat gun violence, which includes banning the sale of assault-style weapons and an optional buyback program.
The plan would prevent the manufacture and sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. Those with existing weapons would be required to either sell their firearms back to the government or register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stopping short of a mandatory buyback program favored by some of his 2020 rivals.
The former vice president also called for the repeal of a law preventing gun manufacturers from being held liable for their products in civil cases, and urged the approval of universal background check legislation and the closing of certain loopholes.
“While Democratic leaders and the American public have reached an undeniable and broad consensus about what needs to be done to address the gun violence epidemic that has engulfed communities across America, Donald 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, 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, Congressional Republicans, and the NRA refuse to take any sensible action,” Biden’s campaign said in a statement.
“As president, Biden will not let anyone hold our nation’s children, families, and communities hostage to the scourge of gun violence Americans face every day,” it added.
Biden would also dedicate $900 million over eight years to combat gun violence in 40 U.S. cities.
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He released the plan ahead of his scheduled appearance on Wednesday at a gun safety forum in Nevada that will be hosted by advocacy groups Giffords and March for Our Lives.
The former vice president is considered one of the frontrunners in the crowded field vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.