Most Americans agree on common-sense safety requirements and restrictions on firearms. As President, I will support sensible regulation of guns that allows their continued enjoyment by responsible gun owners in a framework that promotes the overall public safety.
Problems to be Solved
- Most Americans agree that responsible gun-ownership with some restrictions is the proper policy
- Current gun laws have been pushed in a dangerous direction by lobbying groups only looking out for the profits of gun manufacturers
As President, I will…
- Promote a stringent, tiered licensing system for gun ownership (think a CDL vs. a regular driver’s license):
- All tiers
- Pass a federal background check, eliminating the gun show loophole.
- Tier 1 – Basic hunting rifles and handguns
- Pass a background check
- Pass a basic hunting/firearm safety class
- Provide a receipt for an appropriately-sized gun locker, or trigger lock per registered gun.
- Tier 2 – Semi-automatic rifles
- Have a Tier 1 license for at least 1 year
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Pass an advanced firearm safety class.
- Tier 3 – Advanced and automatic weaponry
- Maintain current restrictions and definitions (National Firearms Act of 1934)
- Ban high-capacity magazines
- Require submission of fingerprints and DNA to the FBI
- Submit to a gun locker inspection to ensure it can house the weapons
- Undergo yearly refresher trainings on the use of these firearms.
- Anyone with a history of violence, domestic abuse, or violent mental illness would be restricted from receiving a license.
- Those who currently own any firearms will:
- Be grandfathered in with their current license, and for the 1-year requirement if they decide to apply for a Tier 2 license
- Receive a one-time “Good Gun Owner” tax credit for adhering to the additional requirements implemented by the new system
- Be allowed a tax write-off for the purchase of any equipment required to adhere to the new standards
- Be allowed to register any currently unregistered firearm without facing any penalties.
- Individual states will determine their concealed carry/open carry laws, and reciprocity will not be federally enforced. However, a concealed or open carry license in one state would satisfy all licensure requirements in all states.
- All tiers
- Prohibit the manufacture and sale of bump stocks, suppressors, incendiary/exploding ammunition, and (yes, this is currently legal) grenade launcher attachments.
- Create federal safety guidelines for gun manufacture and distribution, similar to federal car safety requirements, with strict penalties for the violation of these guidelines.
- Encourage gun manufacturers to implement designs that prevent interchanging parts that alter the functionality of the firearm.
- Implement a federal buyback program for anyone who wants to voluntarily give up their firearm.
- Invest in innovative technology that would make firearms harder to fire for non-owners of the gun, and create a federal, bipartisan panel to determine when technological innovations are advanced and reliable enough to be included in manufacturing safety requirements.
- As stated here, invest in a more robust mental health infrastructure. This will help to identify and treat people with mental health illnesses that make them prone to violence.
- Increase funding to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and drastically increase funding to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention efforts.
- Initiate and fund mindfulness programs in schools and correctional facilities, which have been demonstrated to reduce violent behavior.
- Invest heavily in law enforcement training to de-escalate situations involving firearms.