Senator Harris to Promise Ban on US Imports of Some High-Powered Guns

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris participates in the She the People Presidential Forum in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo
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Expanding on her gun control proposals, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will announce on Wednesday that if elected president she will prohibit imports of some high-powered guns into the United States.

Harris has already endorsed a swath of gun control measures, but at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, she will promise to institute a ban on “AR-15-style assault weapons,” a senior campaign official said.

There is legal precedent for such a ban, the aide said, pointing to similar measures by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taken in order to study permanent bans.

Harris is vying against more than 20 Democrats for the party’s nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

The AR-15, or assault weapons, are catch-all terms often used by critics to describe semi-automatic rifles and other high-capacity fire arms.

Such guns were used in several recent mass shootings in the United States, but Congress has so far failed to ban them.

It is unclear just how many weapons Harris’ proposal would affect. Her campaign estimates 4 million rifles have been imported into the United States, based on industry figures.

The United States has a robust domestic market and 2.5 million rifles were made in 2017 alone, the most recent year for which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms provided data.

The figures did not distinguish between rifle types. About 159,000 of those made in the United States that year were exported.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., the largest domestic producer of rifles, including one similar to the AR-15, made about 253,000 in 2017 in Mayodan, North Carolina and 406,000 more in Newport, New Hampshire.

The campaign pointed to three foreign-based gun makers – Glock, Sig Sauer and Beretta. Glock, which makes a pistol used in several recent shootings, made more than 175,000 pistols in the United States in 2017.

Sig Sauer, which was spun off into a separate American company in the 1980s, made about 36,000 rifles in the United States in 2017. Beretta, which also has an American subsidiary, made about 2,700 rifles in the U.S. that year.

In Harris’ previous announcement backing gun control, she proposed giving Congress 100 days to pass legislation such as a universal background checks bill or a renewal of the ban on assault weapons, before using presidential executive power to act on the issue.

Harris said she would use executive power to require sellers of five or more weapons a year to run background checks for all gun sales; revoke the license of gun makers and dealers who break the law; reverse a move by Trump to redefine the term “fugitive from justice” that allowed gun purchases by people with outstanding arrest warrants; and close the boyfriend loophole.

An assault weapons ban adopted in 1994 during Bill Clinton’s presidency was among the reasons cited when Democrats lost congressional seats in that year’s midterm elections. The ban expired in 2004.

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Otis
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I am as well-armed as I need to be and yet the radicals want to cut off the ammunition or make it too expensive to afford. I guess I better stock-up on rocks and baseball bats. I still have screwdrivers, kitchen knives, even an antique ice-pick and sharp pencils too.
I realize it’s almost a spurious arguement, but there are many ways to kill a person, perhaps not on a mass scale, but ‘bans’ are useless. Homemade bombs are explained on the Net. There are guns galore and I’m keeping mine.

Phyllis Softa
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Otis, who asked for your gun? From 1994-2004, did anyone confiscate your gun? Did the 2nd amendment disappear during that decade? When the NRA was selling “Obama is coming for your guns,” who came for your guns? When Richard Poplawski shot & killed 3 Pittsburgh policemen in 2009, he claimed to believe they were “coming for his guns.” Did the NRA send an attorney to defend HIM? He was defended by a public defender & sits on death row.

Friend
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Phyllis, have you seen the results of the studies after the ten year ban? During the ten year ban there was no reduction in crime that could be attributed to the ban. When the ban expired, during the following ten years there was NO INCREASE in crime. THE BAN DIDN’T DO ANY GOOD, AND REPEALING IT DID NO HARM. But of course facts, logic and common sense are totally foreign to leftists.

Phyllis Softa
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In your world of facts, logic & common sense, it makes perfect sense for folks to make claims universal background checks means someone is coming for your guns? Banning sale of assault weapons to civilians is a repeal of the 2nd amendment? That is not Dem logic, BUT it is foreign to us. If everyone just signed onto YOUR facts, logic & common sense, the loss of loved ones, children, worshiping adults WON’T MATTER to us either? NOT “common sense” that I ever wish to embrace.

TOM
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Kamalalala has stated that if she is elected President she will be coming to take Otis’s guns.

Phyllis Softa
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Otis has an assault rifle?

Tom Bodine
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Horizontal Harris comes up with something to seem relevant.

Friend
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OK (****-!) Paul Delfornia: She is not Taking Your F***ing Rights Away (you whining victimized crybaby) she’s talking about banning certain high powered assault weapons-which of course are the ones used in EVERY SINGLE OF THE MASS SHOOTINGS in the world (there were 364 last year in the US alone ). My guess: you are okay with those mass shootings? Kids being murdered in ridiculous numbers that just wouldn’t be possible with a single shot weapon??? Holy crap, you are a Fox News follower for sure!

Tom Bodine
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Bullshit on a partisan level Slick.

Phyllis Softa
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Thank you, Friend. It is reassuring that not everyone on IJR is willing to sacrifice their loved ones for the sake of gun rights.

Friend
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That’s probably the most misinformation in one post ever. The AR – 15 and AK47 rifles ARE NOT high powered (too light for hunt deer) they aren’t assault weapons ( fully automatic, and no legal full auto has been used in a crime in decades.) Most mass shootings are done with handguns, only the big story ones used rifles, and even a couple of school shootings didn’t use any rifles. 323 last yr, not 364, about 150 no deaths, 3 school shootings, gang & family murder/suicides are included

General Confusion
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I am confused.

Where is the Republic solution for the outrageous number of gun deaths each day, week, month, year after year?

Brian Dogood
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Ever been to a majority Republican county, city, or state? Extremely low crime, nobody locks their doors, no fences between homes etc. Oh, and EVERYBODY is legally armed. Weird, right?

Let’s contrast that with DEMOCRAT controlled San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Baltimore, and the like. Extremely HIGH crime, shootings, murders, rampant drug use, homelessness everywhere, everyone LOCKS their doors, lots of fences and locked gates etc. Oh, and NOBODY is allowed to be legally armed. Weird, right?

General Confusion
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Brian Dogood
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Hahahahaha. What a joke you are. You want us intelligent folk to believe that California and Chicago Illinois have LESS murders than Wyoming and Montana. HEEHAW! HYUK! Thank you sir. I needed that laugh. Anyone who quotes Wikipedia is either delusional, or dishonest. Period.

General Confusion
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I knew that you would discard the source outright because it wouldn’t matter which source that I used, you still would do this. That’s all on you, not me.

However, you are quite welcome to refer to a more accurate source and actually prove me being confused.

Phyllis Softa
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At least you got 1 of them to propose a solution to the gun violence that is ACCEPTABLE to them. When I ask, they only respond with down votes. Ready for it? It’s: ELIMINATE 5 COUNTIES IN AMERICA. It comes from a guy that claims Dems don’t subscribe to common sense, logic or facts, so it apparently makes perfect sense to R’s.

Otis
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Absolutely, Brian.

Phyllis Softa
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“Nobody is allowed to be legally armed.”??? WHERE is this DEMOCRAT controlled county, city or state where NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO BE LEGALLY ARMED?

Brian Dogood
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New York and Chicago for starters. You see, when you outlaw guns, ONLY the “outlaws” have guns.

Phyllis Softa
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If guns are outlawed in NYC, WHY do they have 5 different permits for gun ownership? If Chicago outlaws guns, WHY do they have concealed carry permits? You can’t open carry a gun in Chicago, but you can obtain a concealed carry permit for your gun EVEN IF YOU PURCHASE THAT GUN WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. WHERE do you folks come up with your crazy notions?

TOM
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Maryland and Baltimore specifically. The most gun restrictive state is Californication.

Friend
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Add Washington DC to Brian’s cities. If we could eliminate 5 counties that have the highest number of murders, this country would be one of the safest in the world. All 5 of those counties are and have been under democrat control.

Phyllis Softa
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FINALLY, a solution offered to the gun violence that is ACCEPTABLE to gun folks!! ELIMINATE 5 COUNTIES IN AMERICA. And it is offered by the guy who believes in “facts, common sense and logic.

General Confusion
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The other solution to the insane number of gun deaths is …wait for it… you got it – more guns.

These guys are confused geniuses.

Paul Delfornia
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The demonRats taking away OUR Rights , piece by piece , so that they can take total control of OUR Nation. Just look at England ,,, no guns, limited rights and freedoms, no say in how their country is run. England has turned into a ShitHole of immigration with crime, murder, rapes and the people can’t stop it.

Phyllis Softa
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The US currently has more guns in civilians hands than citizens. Check the crime reports in your local paper. You appear to be in for a shock as “crime, murder rapes” OCCUR in America! In America, school shootings, synagogue shootings, & church shootings occur with regularity and WHAT exactly do you perceive would be acceptable to stop it?

Brad
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Do you really believe the CRIMINALS involved in these murders and mas shootings are going to all of a sudden turn in their guns and weapons and stop their spree’s Phyllis?

Phyllis Softa
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DO you really believe the CRIMINALS involved in these murders & mass shootings SHOULD have been SOLD an AR-15? Do you really believe “a fugitive from justice” SHOULD be sold a gun? WHAT exactly is an acceptable solution to gun violence in America? The “more guns” plan has produced NO POSITIVE RESULTS. The “prayers and moments of silence” has produced NO POSITIVE RESULTS. Is there a point when sacrificing lives for gun rights no longer makes sense to you? I am WAY past that point.

Brad
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Those criminals aren’t walking into a Gun Store and buying a gun Phyllis. C’mon your smarter than that!!!!! There is Federal and State Regulations out there preventing felons and fugitives it’s called a Back Ground Check! These criminals are buying them from other CRIMINALS. And now that they have them I need my firearm ti insure the safety of my family and myself. Cause the CRIMINALS will always have guns or a weapon!!! That’s our society Phyllis…..sorry for the reality check.

Phyllis Softa
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WHERE is it that you think Nickolas Cruz, Stephen Paddock, Robert Bowers, John Earnest, Wade M Page, Dylann Roof, Devin P Kelley, etal…bought the guns they used in their shootings?

Friend
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Criminals, fugitives from justice and minors cannot legally buy guns. Most people acquired their guns illegally – in other words, laws didn’t stop them, or the system that’s in place failed. Cruz advertised what he was going to do and everyone from the FBI down to the school, dropped the ball. The Air Force screwed up with Kelley.

Phyllis Softa
Member

BUT you said they buy them illegally–NOT in gun shops.

Friend
Member

The number of guns in the U.S. has increased by 62% since 1964.
Gun homicide rate is down 49% since 1983.
With more than ten times as many guns, and more than twice as many people, we still have fewer murders than Russia. Now London has surpassed NY City with murders. If guns are the problem, how can that happen?

TOM
Member

You forgot to mention that guns are generally outlawed in Britain and London specifically and that with London banning gun ownership that the murders are committed with knives or other weapons. The number of knife murders in London has caused one MP (who is obviously even more loony that the US demoncraps) to propose that all knives be fitted with GPS trackers.

James
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As this campaign cycle heats up, the Socialists have revisited their failed efforts to disarm Americans; to confiscate legally owned weapons owned by law-abiding citizens and to pass Laws/Resolutions/Executive Orders which violate the Second Amendment RIGHTS of Americans. Any such efforts will surely drive gun owners and supporters away from the continuing idiocy of those wishing to replicate the CONTROL and subjugation actions of Adolf Hitler and his Nazism, et al.

Phyllis Softa
Member

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was in effect from 1994- 2004. WHO disarmed you or any other American? Were your rights to purchase a hunting rifle or handgun restricted? HOW did the government “replicate the CONTROL and subjugation actions of Adolf Hitler and his Nazism”? I personally do not own a gun but my husband’s purchases of hunting rifles was NOT hampered in any way. No one came to escort him to a concentration camp because he owned a gun. WHAT are you referring in your assertion?

Brian Dogood
Member

Basically that you’re a dumb _unt and your husband is an idiot for marrying you.

Phyllis Softa
Member

So you were disarmed between 1994 & 2004? My husband was the only one who could purchase a gun between 1994-2004? Then it appears it was a very smart move on his part.

Brian Dogood
Member

You might wanna get checked. You might have what hitler had. SY-Phyllis.

Phyllis Softa
Member

“dumb -unt” and “SY-Phyllis” Clever and classy is probably not ever been used to describe you. Or is that just your on-line persona?

Brian Dogood
Member

Come and take them Phyllis. See what happens. No? Too cowardly? Who are you gonna send on your behalf then? How will that work out? Come see about me.

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