Kamala Harris Rolls Out Gun Policy
Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) committed to a host of executive actions to implement gun control measures that have repeatedly failed to pass in Congress. During Monday night’s CNN town hall, Harris said that if elected president, and should Congress refuse to act, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. An estimated 1 in 5 gun purchases occur without a background check because under federal law, only “gun dealers” are required to perform background checks, and the definition of “gun dealer” has been up for debate. Harris’ campaign Tuesday morning rolled out three additional proposals the Senator is pledging to enact within the first 100 days of her presidency should Congress not act on gun control legislation. Harris said she would also overturn a 2005 law which prevents victims of gun violence from holding law-breaking gun manufacturers and dealers accountable -- an NRA-backed policy. She committed to revoking gun manufacturers’ licenses for violating negligence laws when they sell a gun to a straw purchaser, violating public nuisance laws by supplying dealers that consistently sell guns used in crimes, or violating unfair business practices statutes by marketing assault weapons to children in video games. The former prosecutor is committing to going further by taking the most egregious of those who violate these rules to court for criminal liability. In February 2017, the Trump administration quietly narrowed the definition of “fugitive from justice.” The following year, the number of gun sales blocked by the “fugitive from justice” prohibitor dropped by roughly 65%, which meant thousands of gun sales were being approved to individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Harris said she would reverse the change. Finally, Harris said she would close the “boyfriend loophole” to prevent dating partners convicted of domestic violence from purchasing guns. Federal law prohibits abusers convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing guns, but the prohibition does not always apply where an abuser is a dating partner. “We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country, starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban, but they have failed to have the courage to act,” Harris said, referring to Congress. In 2017, nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in America. More here.