Joe Biden 'Will Defeat the NRA,' His Campaign Declares In Gun Violence Proposal

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has unveiled plans to tackle gun violence that include reinstating the ban on the sale and manufacture of assault-style rifles, and asking owners to register them under the national firearms act or sell them through a voluntary buyback program.

Biden's 11-page proposal also involves conducting research into the correlation between gun ownership and domestic violence, with a taskforce that will study links between violence against women, mass shootings, online harassment, and extremism.

He also proposes closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole" and "hate crime loophole" by preventing people who were abusive former partners or have a stalking conviction, or a conviction for a hate crime from buying firearms.

"It's within our grasp to end our gun violence epidemic and respect the Second Amendment, which is limited," Biden's campaign statement on the proposal, launched on the morning of the Gun Safety Forum in Las Vegas, said.

And despite restrictions on gun ownership putting Biden firmly at odds with the agenda of the National Rifle Association, Biden's campaign suggested this was not an issue.

"Joe Biden has taken on the National Rifle Association (NRA) on the national stage and won—twice. In 1993, he shepherded through Congress the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established the background check system that has since kept more than 3 million firearms out of dangerous hands," the proposal said.

"In 1994, Biden—along with Senator Dianne Feinstein—secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again," the statement added.

Biden's plan also proposes reversing president Donald Trump's decision to overturn an Obama-era rule that compelled the Social Security Administration (SSA) to send record it holds of people prohibited from owning firearms on mental health grounds to the background checks system.

And many of his proposals are ideas shared by the majority of Democratic hopefuls, and—at least according to a Biden aide—a broad consensus of American people.

"The only people who haven't come to that realization are Donald Trump, Leader McConnell, congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association," the aide told CNN on a call discussing the proposal.

"Joe Biden has been pushing the conversation on guns for at least the past 25 years, and he's the only Democratic presidential candidate who on the national stage has defeated the National Rifle Association—and he's done it twice," the aide added.

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