Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence

Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown 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 John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down 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 McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg: We 'probably are' on cusp of recession Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate 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 YangSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Yang: Universal basic income will free up the resources for Americans to 'work even harder' Andrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses MORE on Friday rolled out plans to combat gun violence and white supremacy.