Harris to promise ban on imports of some high-powered guns if elected

Harris to promise ban on imports of some high-powered guns if elected
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday will announce that if she is elected president she will ban high-capacity AR-15 style assault weapons, an ambitious proposal that adds to a slate of gun control measures that have been backed by the California senator.

A campaign official told The Hill that Harris will make the announcement Wednesday at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.


The plan will draw on research conducted by former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush in order to effectively institute a constitutional nationwide ban that is not jeopardized by legal challenges, according to the campaign.

Her reported proposal is a step further from proposals the 2020 Democratic contender announced at a CNN town hall last month, when she endorsed a measure requiring retailers who sell more than five guns per year to conduct background checks on buyers, as well as penalties and fines for gun sellers and manufacturers.

She has also pledged to demand gun control legislation from Congress within her first 100 days in office, while revealing that she herself is a gun owner and distancing herself from what she called a "false choice" on the issue.

Americans, she argued in April, “are being offered a false choice which suggests you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away."

“I am a gun owner and I own a gun for probably the reason that a lot of people do, for personal safety,” Harris added.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-N.J.), who is also running for the White House, previously announced support for a ban on "assault weapons" in a Medium post last week.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHouse Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers MORE (D-Calif.) has also said that gun control will be a central issue in his bid for the White House.

House Democrats passed two gun control bills earlier this year, but neither has been taken up in the GOP-controlled Senate.