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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 12:10 AM

Bjorkman Proposes Uniform Background Checks, Bump Stock Ban, "Red Flag" Laws

Judge turned Democratic candidate for U.S. House Tim Bjorkman wants to talk gun policy. Noting that gun violence since 1970 has killed more Americans than war since 1775, Bjorkman offers these seven policies as “first steps” toward reducing gun violence:

1) A law mandating uniform background checks on all gun sales, with free service at sheriffs’ offices for private transfers and estate transfer exemptions; and improved sharing of information among reporting sources;
2) Prohibiting any device, such as bump stocks, that converts a semi-automatic into an automatic weapon;
3) Prohibiting individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list from buying firearms;
4) Encouraging states to adopt red flag laws that allow a court to temporarily remove guns from a person who poses a danger to himself or others, with mandatory database reporting and removal upon clearance by a medical specialist;
5) Promoting interventions like the Sandy Hook Promise that identify and reach out to at-risk individuals, including restorative justice and anti-bullying programs;
6) Committing our nation to a War on Mental Illness and to ensuring every American has affordable health coverage to treat it; and
7) Importantly, removing the ban on the CDC studying firearm violence [Tim Bjorkman, “Common Sense Gun Law Reforms,” campaign website, 2018.02.26].

A Republican nominee wanting to keep crying that Obama is coming to get your guns will only be able to apply that tired cry to one of Bjorkman’s seven planks… and even that plank only takes your guns temporarily, if you go off your nut, and gives your guns back with a measly doctor’s note.


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