At gun forum, 2020 Democrats amp up calls for licensing system

-And I’ll tell you this. Most Americans —
It’s common sense. If you need a license
to drive a car, you should have a license
to buy and possess a firearm. This is about gun safety. This is about lives being lost
every single day. This is about what kind
of leader will you be. Will you stand apart
from the American people or will you join 75%, 80% of us who believe
in doing the common-sense things that will protect —
-The comparison’s always made — you need a license
to drive a car. They’re state licenses. You don’t need a federal license
to drive a car. And so what we should be doing
is doing first things first. Let’s have more states do what Connecticut has done
and California and other states have done,
because you can get that done. You will get that done. -You ought to have a license
for owning a deadly weapon. And what I’m finding is — My in-laws are a pretty
good barometer on this. Gun owners get that
this is common sense. You’re used to getting
a hunting license and a fishing license
and a driver’s license. How about a license
for access to firearms? -We should be
licensing all guns. I mean, guns are obviously as deadly
and destructive as vehicles, so if we’re licensing
motor vehicles, we should be licensing firearms. And then you have levels
based upon the destructive capability
of those firearms. -Ensuring that there’s
the ability, that there’s a unique marker so that we’re better able
to track ammunition when it’s part of a crime scene,
you know, and make the job
of investigators easier. I think that when you combine
that with gun licensing and investing in other programs
that will help solve gun crime that too often these days
goes unsolved — because the clearance rate
in a lot of American communities is still very low — that we can get better
about solving gun-related crime.

Danny Hutson

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