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NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Democrats say Biden-Harris is the ‘strongest gun safety ticket in history,’ Republicans fear Second Amendment crackdown

As the presidential election nears, interest groups on both sides of the gun control issue are examining the Biden campaign’s stance, a platform which would represent a stark reversal from the Trump administration and potentially lead to historic changes in federal gun law if Democrats win the presidency, gain a Senate majority and hold the House of Representatives. Brady United, one of the highest-profile gun control groups in the U.S., billed Biden and Harris as “the strongest gun safety ticket in history” while promoting a virtual event during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last week. The National Rifle Association (NRA), the most notable pro-Second Amendment group in the U.S., on its website called Biden-Harris the “most anti-gun presidential ticket in history.” So Brady and the NRA, which are fiercely opposed to each other, agree in a way. “Joe Biden has a very unique history on the gun safety issue,” Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a pro-gun control organization led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., said. “Not only has he come up against the NRA twice and won, which was sort of the primary selling point for his candidacy in the primary and one of the reasons he is the nominee today. He’s somebody who’s sort of shaped his public service in response to tragedy. He has been there in a very personal level for so many victims and survivors of gun violence.” NRA spokesperson Lars Dalseide, on the other hand, warned that Biden “has promised to confiscate guns, destroy the American firearms industry, ban the manufacture and sale of popular semi-automatic firearms as well as standard capacity magazines, mandate that the only guns sold in America will be smart guns, and ban private firearm transfers.” Biden’s record on gun control, just like his time in Washington, D.C., is lengthy. As Ambler said, Biden backed two major gun control bills as a senator in the 1990s, an assault weapons ban and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. But it doesn’t stop there. Biden, as vice president, forged a personal relationship with Giffords, who was shot in Arizona in 2011, and with the parent of one of the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims. He was also on the ground in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. As far as Harris’ history, she’s generally supported gun control legislation as a senator. She also signed a Supreme Court brief in the 2008 D.C. v. Heller case that argued “the Second Amendment provides only a militia-related right to bear arms” and “the Second Amendment does not apply to legislation passed by state or local governments.”  [full article]



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