Michael Bloomberg vowed Thursday to re-institute a federal assault weapons ban and require more rigorous background checks and licensing to obtain firearms if he’s elected president.
The billionaire former mayor, who recently launched his 2020 Democratic primary bid, laid out the gun control agenda during an event in Aurora, Colorado — where a deranged man killed 12 in a movie theater in 2012.
In addition to the assault weapons ban, Bloomberg called for raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21, the same for purchasing booze.
He would also require every gun buyer to obtain a permit before making a purchase and require a 48-hour waiting period.
Background checks would cover private sales and gun shows, and domestic abusers also would be denied access to firearms, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg would also urge Congress to approve the so-called “Red Flag” law adopted in New York and Colorado that allows authorities to remove firearms from persons who pose a danger to themselves and others, and increase screening to prevent deranged individuals from getting a gun in the first place.
Family members of shooting victims also spoke — and he landed some endorsements, including from Colorado state Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was killed in the Aurora theater shooting massacre.
Bloomberg, a gun control advocate during his three terms as mayor and who later founded or bankrolled several gun safety groups including Everytown for Gun Safety, rattled off statistics on thousands of people killed every year from firearms — including from suicides.
“This has to stop,” he said.
He said it was “disgraceful” that some politicians dismiss gun violence as just a “black and Latino” problem.
“I’m running for president to stop this national madness,” said Bloomberg, who last month announced his bid for the Democratic Party nomination.
Bloomberg said President Trump is beholden to the National Rifle Association but also criticized Democrats for being weak-kneed on gun safety. He noted when Barack Obama was elected president and fellow Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for two years, they didn’t pass stricter gun control measures.
He recalled as mayor the difficult task of consoling family members whose loved ones were killed by gun violence.
“Donald Trump seems to accept this violence and pain,” he said.
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