Posted by 06 December 2019
Michael Bloomberg has long championed gun control policies, both as a private citizen and as mayor of New York. Now that he’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, he has unveiled a sweeping package of proposals that would enact a variety of new restrictions on gun purchases and ownership.
These are a few of the initiatives being proposed by Bloomberg:
- Mandate a federal license prior to any individual purchasing a gun
- Require every gun purchase complete a background check
- Enact a federal “red flag” law that allows police to seize guns from individuals who are suspected of being a threat
- Prohibit individuals from publishing plans for 3-D guns online
- Raise the federal age to purchase guns to 21
- Ban “assault weapons”
- Enact a law that sets federal rules on how individuals store their guns
- Increase funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as well as funding for gun violence research
- Mandate a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases
- Require gun owners to report if their guns are lost or stolen within 3 days
- Repeal the federal law that restricts lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Many of these proposals are also backed by other candidates running for the Democratic nomination. However, Bloomberg has a long history of gun control advocacy. He has donated significant sums of money to organizations and candidates who has pushed this issue, and he’s making it a centerpiece of his campaign.
According to Bloomberg, these new federal restrictions are necessary to stem the tide of gun violence. He sees them as a way to reduce gun deaths and make our communities safer. Opponents, however, say that they will only infringe upon the rights of lawful gun owners. They also argue that many of these ideas infringe upon the Second Amendment.
Do you support requiring a federal license for someone who wants to purchase a gun? Should there be a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases?