Biden Calls For Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban, Buyback Program
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Aug, 2019 ) :Former vice president Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, called on Monday for reinstating a ban on assault weapons and including a buyback programme to get them off the streets.
In a column in The New York Times, Biden also called for stricter background checks for gun buyers and greater use of "smart-gun technology" that allows a weapon only to be fired by its authorized owner.
"There's overwhelming data that shootings committed with assault weapons kill more people than shootings with other types of guns," he said.
"Shooters looking to inflict mass carnage choose assault weapons with high-capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds," Biden said.
"They choose them because they want to kill as many people as possible without having to stop and reload." Biden said that if he wins the 2020 presidential election, he would seek to reimpose a 1994 ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
"And this time, we're going to pair it with a buyback programme to get as many assault weapons off our streets as possible as quickly as possible," he said.
The 1994 law that banned assault weapons expired in 2004.
Biden said that besides stricter background checks for gun buyers he would "accelerate the development and deployment of smart-gun technology... so that guns are keyed to the individual biometrics of authorized owners."Following the El Paso and Dayton shootings, President Donald Trump has said he supports expanding background checks but has come out against an assault weapons ban, a measure that is also opposed by the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA).