Sen. Kamala Harris Promises Executive Action on Gun Control by 100th Day in Office

By Melanie Arter | May 13, 2019 | 11:25am EDT
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( – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that on her 100th day in office when she’s elected president, if the Congress fails to send her a bill with “good” gun control ideas, she will issue an executive order saying anyone who sells more than five guns a year must perform background checks on those they sell them to.

Harris also plans to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to take away the licenses of gun dealers who don’t follow the law.

Host Jake Tapper asked if she would support a federal gun license as proposed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), which would require fingerprints, an interview and a gun safety course. Tapper noted that opponents of Booker’s proposal say it would create a way for the government to track gun owners.

“I like the idea, but, you know Jake, I'm going to tell you, on this issue of the need for gun safety laws, we're not at any loss for good ideas. People have been having good ideas for decades on this issue. What we're at a loss is for people in Congress to have the courage to do something,” Harris said.

“We’re not waiting for the worst tragedy, because we've seen the worst of tragedies, including what just happened this week, and seen the heroism of a child, who we now mourn his loss, his parents' only child,” she said, adding that “we are not waiting for good ideas.”

“What we're waiting for is Congress to have the courage to act, and so let me tell you what I'm proposing. I'm proposing, one, that if, by my 100th day in office when elected president of the United States, the United States Congress fails to put a bill on my desk to sign with all of the good ideas or any of the good ideas, then I'm prepared to take executive action, because that's what's needed, action,” Harris said.

When asked “executive action to do what,” she said, “To do, specifically, for anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they will be required to perform background checks on the people they sell them to, and this will be the most comprehensive background check policy that has ever been had in our country thus far.”

When asked whether that can be done by executive order, Harris said, “Yes. Yes, it can. I'm also prepared to say and to direct the ATF to remove and take away the licenses of gun dealers who fail to follow the law, and, Jake, 90 percent of the guns that are associated with crime have been sold by 5 percent of the gun dealers. We need to take their licenses away.”


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