Proposed 'Students' Bill of Rights' leans heavy on gun control measures

A planned Student Gun Violence Summit held in Washington, D.C. over the weekend has generated a proposal geared towards extensive gun control ideas.

The summit was designed to merge existing plans to reduce gun violence and merge them into a single “Students’ Bill of Rights,” after a weekend conference. The group, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, was formed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa Falkowski, along with Jami Amo, a survivor of the Columbine shooting; and Abbey Clements, a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The summit was sponsored with the assistance of several national gun control groups such as the Brady Campaign, Everytown, and Giffords, as well as the backing of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. About 100 people attended the event to craft the proposal, according to Bloomberg-financed The final product is a 14-point call to action that begins with establishing school safety committees, expanding access to counselors and addressing mental health problems on campus and then moves quickly into steps to ramp up regulations on guns and the industry that produces, sells and markets them.

First, the proposal calls for a requirement that all gun dealers, sellers, and owners report stolen guns and ban the sale of “semi-automatic military-style weapons that fire velocity rounds” and bump stocks by prohibiting them under the National Firearms Act. Next would be a universal database of gun sales, followed by mandatory gun waiting periods, universal background checks and a bump in the minimum age to buy firearms from 18 to 21.

Additionally, the measure seeks to regulate gun ownership and possession in a way akin to drivers’ licenses for cars while spending federal dollars on funding government research on guns. Finally, the bill of rights would expand mandatory gun seizures for those who “pose a heightened risk to community safety” by implementing so-called red flag laws that could be requested by a wide range of petitioners to include former intimate partners, such as ex-girlfriends.

Circulated by The Action Network, the proposal had 11 signatures collected as of Monday morning.

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