Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence

Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) on Saturday unveiled her plan to combat gun violence that would set a goal of reducing gun deaths in America by 80 percent and support an assault weapons ban.

The Democratic presidential candidate said her plan would support federal gun licensing and universal background checks, in addition to higher taxes on guns and ammunition.

If elected, Warren said her plan would eliminate the filibuster to pass gun legislation in her first 100 days.


The plan's rollout comes ahead of her appearance at a forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates for firearms regulation. Warren's proposal also comes after she called on Friday for Walmart to stop selling guns.

Warren said her plan would provide $100 million per year for gun safety research and would focus resources on minority communities that have "borne the brunt" of gun violence.

Her proposal comes a week after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left at least 31 dead and dozens injured.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE this week indicated that the House and Senate are working on plans to expand background check legislation following the shootings, while indicating that the White House could be open to supporting a compromise bill.

“Frankly, we need intelligent background checks, OK?” he said Friday. “This isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that they had spoken with Trump and urged him to support a universal background check bill. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Senate GOP opens door to earmarks McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE (R-Ky.), meanwhile, predicted this week that gun background checks and so-called red flag laws would be "front and center" in the chamber's upcoming debate on gun-related legislation.

A number of other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have rolled out policy proposals to combat gun violence in the days since the shootings.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage MORE (D) released a plan to combat domestic terrorism on Monday that would invest $1 billion to combat and prevent extremism and radicalization in the U.S. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangEvelyn Yang pens children's book on sexual abuse, reveals she was sexually assaulted as a child Yang pitches plan to revive Broadway, live performances in New York Yang returns to campaign trail following kidney stone MORE on Friday rolled out plans to combat gun violence and white supremacy.