Biden: ‘I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks’
The Washington Examiner
by Emma Colton, Social Media Manager | November 01, 2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reiterated his Second Amendment stance, saying he will ban “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” if he wins the election.
“It’s long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America,” Biden tweeted Sunday.
“As president, I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic,” he added.
On his campaign website, Biden states his administration would require background checks for all gun sales and would ban the manufacturing and sales of “assault weapons.”
“Joe Biden will enact legislation to once again ban assault weapons. This time, the bans will be designed based on lessons learned from the 1994 bans. For example, the ban on assault weapons will be designed to prevent manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes that don’t limit the weapon’s lethality. While working to pass this legislation, Biden will also use his executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons,” his site states.
Earlier this year, Biden earned former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s endorsement and told the crowd that the two would work together on solving the “gun problem.”
“I want to make something clear, I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ve seen of him,” Biden said in March during a campaign rally in Dallas. “You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort.”
“I’m counting on you. I’m counting on you,” Biden continued. “We need you badly, the state needs you, the country needs you. You’re the best.”
The former Texas congressman made gun control a focal point of his campaign, promising mandatory buybacks of assault weapons.
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said during a Democratic presidential primary debate last September when asked, “Are you proposing taking away their guns? And how would this work?”
“I am if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high-impact, high-velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body, because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers,” he added.