Elizabeth Warren introduces sweeping gun safety bill with licensing, universal background checks, and an assault-weapons ban

The Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act, with companion legislation to be introduced in the House by Representative by Hank Johnson of Georgia, incorporates several existing Senate bills that have gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled chamber.

Warren’s bill also is unlikely to even get a hearing in the Senate, but lays down a marker by the presidential candidate of the steps Democrats would try to take on gun safety if they win control of Congress and the White House in the November elections.

“This big, bold proposal — which combines and builds upon a number of common-sense measures introduced by my colleagues in Congress — would treat the epidemic of gun violence in the United States like the public health crisis that it is, help protect our children, and make our communities safer,” Warren said. “With approximately 100 Americans killed every day from gun violence, it’s long past time for Congress to stand up to the gun lobby and confront this deadly crisis head-on.”

The legislation would require people who want to purchase a firearm to have a federal- or state-issued license, undergo a background check, and wait seven-days to complete a purchase. The minimum age to purchase any weapon or ammunition would be increased to 21 years old. A ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004, would be reinstated, and bulk gun purchases also would be prohibited to address gun trafficking.

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