Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence

Warren unveils plan to combat gun violence
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report Biden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll 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 TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide No rush to judgment on Trump — it's been ongoing since Election Day Collins walks impeachment tightrope 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 McConnellSenate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to present case on abuse of power on trial's third day The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' 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 ButtigiegBiden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll Trump to hold rally on eve of New Hampshire primary 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 YangBiden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Yang: Trump followers 'kind of like me' Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill MORE on Friday rolled out plans to combat gun violence and white supremacy.