How the 2020 Democrats Responded to a Gun Policy Survey

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Has a formal plan? Yes

Universal background checks: Yes

Federal red-flag law: Yes

Incentivize state red-flag laws: Yes

Assault weapons ban: Yes

Assault weapons buyback: Yes (voluntary, with registration requirement for those who don’t participate)

Magazine size limit: Yes, 10 rounds

Licensing requirement: No (but supports incentives for state programs)

Raise minimum age: Unclear

Waiting period: Unclear

Cap on gun purchases: Yes (one gun per month)

Close boyfriend loophole: Yes

Close Charleston loophole: Yes

Bump stock ban: Yes

Safe-storage requirements: Yes

Registration requirement: Only for assault weapons

Federal anti-trafficking law: Yes

Civil liability for manufacturers and sellers: Yes

Would you sign a budget that included the Dickey Amendment? Did not answer


Mr. Biden’s campaign completed the yes/no section of the survey but did not answer the follow-up questions because, at the time, he had not yet released his gun plan. That plan is now available here. His campaign spokesmen TJ Ducklo and Matt Hill told The Times:

“Vice President Biden is deeply committed to making lifesaving progress on ending the senseless gun violence epidemic that tears too many Americans away from their loved ones. He is the only presidential candidate who has defeated the N.R.A. on the national stage — and he’s done so twice. As president, he’ll defeat the N.R.A. again.

As a senator, Biden spearheaded the effort to pass the Brady Bill, which established the firearms background check system. And, with Senator Feinstein, he successfully secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. As vice president, Biden led a White House gun violence prevention task force that put forward bold gun safety legislation and took over two dozen executive actions to strengthen the background check system, increase access to mental health services, and shape the development of gun safety technology. As president, Biden will take bold action to address the scourge of gun violence that plagues our schools, houses of worship, shopping centers and beyond — once again banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, implementing universal background checks, pushing for smart gun technology, and more to make our communities safer.”



Has a formal plan? Yes

Universal background checks: Yes

Federal red-flag law: Yes

Incentivize state red-flag laws: Yes

Assault weapons ban: Yes

Assault weapons buyback: Yes (mandatory)

Magazine size limit: Yes (10 rounds)

Licensing requirement: Yes

Higher minimum age: Yes (21)

Waiting period: Yes (supports “evidence-based efforts currently in place in states, including in California, which recently instituted a 10-day waiting period”)

Cap on gun purchases: Yes (one handgun per month)

Close boyfriend loophole: Yes

Close Charleston loophole: Yes

Bump stock ban: Yes

Safe-storage requirements: Yes

Registration requirement: Yes

Federal anti-trafficking law: Yes

Civil liability for manufacturers and sellers: Yes

Would you sign a budget that included the Dickey Amendment? Unsure

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