Kamala Harris: I Will Use Executive Action to ‘Ban the Import of Assault Weapons’ if Elected


Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced today that, if elected, she will implement a ban on the importation of “AR-15-style assault weapons” using executive action as part of her wide-sweeping gun control initiatives.

“When elected President of The United States, I am prepared to give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together and put a bill on my table,” Harris said while campaigning in New Hampshire. “If they do not, I am prepared to take executive action to require that anyone who sells more than 5 guns a year will be required to conduct background checks — it will end up being the most comprehensive national policy on background checks.”

“I am prepared to require that the ATF take the licenses of gun dealers who fail to follow the law,” she added.

Harris went on to say those assault weapons — semi-automatic rifles with high capacity magazines — are primarily “designed to kill a lot of people in a very short period of time.”

She continued:

“Let’s look at the fact that there are four million assault weapons in the U.S. which were imported here from foreign countries. So I am also prepared — and I am announcing it for the first time today here with you — to take executive action to ban the import of assault weapons into our country. And I’ll tell you, I think that this has to got to be something that is understood that we cannot any longer afford to allow people to make this a partisan issue.”

The candidate highlighted the work Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did on gun control, saying that the issue “cannot any longer be a partisan issue” and noting that “Both of them used executive actions for similar reasons.”

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