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Kamala Harris proposes major executive actions to crack down on guns

Kamala Harris proposes major executive actions to crack down on guns

Kamala Harris said Monday that she will take significant action to curb spiraling gun violence in America — an effort by the California senator and former career prosecutor to own the gun-control issue in a crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field.
Harris announced her plans during a CNN town hall, pledging that if Congress does not enact major gun legislation — including universal background checks, closing the so-called boyfriend loophole, and repealing a law that prevents victims from holding gunmakers and firearms dealers liable for their losses — she would take executive action to do so in her first 100 days as president.
“There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which says you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away,” Harris said
Bolstering gun control has been a key point for Harris on the campaign trail, where gun-related portions of her remarks often generate some of the loudest applause. A former prosecutor who rose to become California’s attorney general and who herself owns a gun for protection, Harris offers a unique background for a candidate trying to make the issue her own.
Some of Harris’ biggest moments early in her 2020 campaign have revolved around guns, including the impassioned plea she made in January, also in a town hall event on CNN, in which she invoked the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in which 20 children were killed in 2012.
“I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, no one, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies,” Harris said at the time. “And then you can vote your conscience. This has become a political issue.”
Harris’ gun record contains elements that will appeal to progressive Democrats, as well as some that may give them pause.