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Joe Biden releases his gun plan, reveals what he would do with guns as president

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He's a bit to the right of his rivals on this issue

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released his gun control plan Wednesday morning—and although it's somewhat to the right of his primary rivals, it will still be unacceptable to those who hold to a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment.

Biden's campaign released the plan ahead of a Wednesday gun safety forum in Nevada, co-hosted by March for our Lives and Giffords.

What's in the plan?

Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines: Biden's plan calls for a ban on the sale and manufacturing of so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as an executive order to prevent such weapons from being imported to the United States.

"Federal law prevents hunters from hunting migratory game birds with more than three shells in their shotgun," the plan claims. "That means our federal law does more to protect ducks than children. It's wrong."

Create an optional buy-back program: Not going so far as some other presidential candidates who favor mandatory buy-backs, Biden wants to implement an "optional" buy-back program for assault weapons.

Create an assault weapons owner registry: Those who choose to keep their legally-owned assault weapons would be required to register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Repeal laws that protect gun manufacturers: Biden wants to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects gun manufacturers from legal liability when their products are used to commit acts of violence.

Biden's plan also includes efforts to pass universal background check laws, end the online sale of guns, incentivize the state passage of red flag laws, and move toward a goal of having all guns sold in America be "smart guns."

Additionally, Biden's plan calls for a $900 million investment over eight years to "tackle urban gun violence with targeted, evidence-based community interventions.

(H/T The Hill)

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