In Gun Control Push, Bloomberg Calls for National Firearm Licenses

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, long an advocate of strict gun control, on Thursday unveiled a sweeping proposal of measures he said he would enact if elected president, among them federal licensing requirements for gun owners and new so-called “red-flag” laws that would allow for the temporary confiscation of guns from people deemed dangerous.

At an event in Aurora, Colo., where a dozen people were gunned down in a movie theater in 2012, Bloomberg — the most recent entrant in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — said his agenda is not “some johnny-come-lately list of borrowed ideas.

“This is part of my life‘s work, and I‘m just telling you I will get this done whether I get elected or not,” Bloomberg told the crowd, according to an account of the event in Politico.

The measures suggested by Bloomberg also include stricter background checks, raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, safe-storage requirements, and the repeal of federal laws that protect gun makers from lawsuits.

Bloomberg appeared at the event with Colorado State Representative Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the theater shooting. Sullivan told the New York Times that he was endorsing Bloomberg because he is the only candidate he trusts to actually address gun violence.

Gun rights groups immediately called Bloomberg’s proposals unconstitutional and oppressive.

The requirement for a national gun licensing system is an even stricter one than Bloomberg has proposed in the past. It would require all gun buyers to obtain a license from federal or state authorities before buying a firearm.

“Now I know critics will say that Americans shouldn’t need a permit to exercise their constitutional rights,” Bloomberg told the Colorado crowd. “But voting is a constitutional right, and we require people to register to protect the rights of all citizens, and this exactly the same idea.”

“Because a criminal with a gun can destroy our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he added.

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“License” implies something NOT a constitutional right. Any right which needs a license is not. full disclosure: I have a CHL/CCW licensed in many states, though I’ve carried in states which have no such provision, like CA. On the other hand, I have other “provisions” just in case. I NEVER overestimate the intelligence or morals of those around me. Like Gen. Mattis I prepare to kill, disable, or maim everyone I meet. Because that’s how life works, unless you’ve lived a soft, coddled, and privileged life as a white or black person. Seriously. I’ve spent enough time in BLUE states… Read more »

Gene Ralno

Bloomberg’s use of the term “gun violence” is part of the his flimflam because it narrows the focus to fit the objective. His objective of course is to disarm the American public. Think about it. Have you ever heard the term “gun gentleness” used by a politician or anyone else? No? Then ask yourself why Bloomberg doesn’t focus on just violence instead of gun violence. Fact is he’s after guns, not violence. He couldn’t care less about the entire field of violence because it commingles criminals with peaceable, lawful citizens and deflects his focus from citizens. He hopes to transform… Read more »


The Second Amendment is the ONLY authority I need to carry a weapon. However, I do have a concealed weapons license to appease my State. Take a hike, Bloomberg and give your ARMED security detail (of 20 men) a pay raise.

Ron Pauly

Taking away people’s rights and freedoms? No way. People need to show some personal responsibility for their actions. Guns are inanimate objects.





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