Senator Kamala Harris has pledged on Monday evening that, if she is elected president, she will sign a series of arms control executive orders should the Congress fail to pass comprehensive legislation during the first 100 days of the Oval Office.
At a city hall hosted by CNN, Harris said that if a bill from Congress did not come to her desk, she would unilaterally initiate background checks for customers who purchase a firearm from a dealer selling more than five weapons a year.
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Traders violating the law would revoke their licenses. The other executive orders would ban refugees from buying a firearm or weapon and close the gap through which some domestic perpetrators can buy a firearm if their victim is an uninjured partner.
"There are people in Washington, DC, supposed leaders," Harris said"Who did not have the courage to reject a wrong decision, suggesting that you are either in favor of the second change or want to take away the others' rifles."
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She continued, "We need sensible weapons security laws in this country, starting with universal background controls and a renewal of the ban on weapons, but they have not had the courage to act."
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The proposal is Harris' second political announcement since the start of her presidential campaign, the New York Times reports. The former attorney general in California previously suggested an increase in teacher salaries.