|Newark, NJ – Cory Booker has put forward the most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever advanced by a presidential candidate.
The plan starts with a simple idea: if you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to buy and possess a gun. Cory’s plan would implement a national gun licensing program. A mounting body of evidence shows that gun licensing programs are effective at reducing gun violence.
For example, in Connecticut, researchers found a 40 percent drop in gun homicides and 15 percent reduction in firearm suicides after the state passed a law that required a purchasing license for handguns. Massachusetts, a state with a gun license program, had 3.6 gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2016, compared to neighboring New Hampshire, which had a gun death rate of 9.9 per 100,000 people and does not have a comprehensive gun licensing program.
According to the Giffords Law Center, licensing laws help ensure that gun owners can exercise their right to buy arms while legally and safely requiring them to get a license. By requiring gun owners to undergo safety training and testing requirements, these laws empower responsible gun ownership and help reduce unintentional shootings and accidents involving minors that occur every year.
Cory’s plan to end the epidemic of gun violence includes a comprehensive list of policy changes he would pursue as president that will keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, hold the gun industry accountable, and reduce gun violence.
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