Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden took to social media on Sunday to remove any ambiguity on his continued support for gun bans and increased regulation on firearms. 

"It’s long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America," said Biden in a tweet, using the label proffered by anti-gun groups for gun crime and suicides by firearms. "As president, I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic."

Biden, who backed the original and problematic 1994 federal Assault Weapon Ban, which targeted popular semi-automatic firearms over cosmetic features and arbitrary magazine capacity sizes, has a current publicly available platform that supports a return to that Clinton-era policy. 

Biden, a key supporter of the measure in the U.S. Senate in 1994, literally sat behind President Bill Clinton at the signing of the controversial 1994 crime bill which included the oft-derided federal Assault Weapon Ban, whose provisions sunset in 2004. (Photo: C-SPAN screenshot)

In addition to expanded background checks and a ban on commonly-owned firearms-- trade groups believe more than 18 million such rifles are in circulation-- Biden's platform includes promises to open the American gun industry to a wave of potentially crippling frivolous lawsuits, ration firearm sales, strip the right to keep and bear arms from thousands on social security, ban online sales of guns and ammo, push for "smart guns," mandate gun lock usage in the home, and establish gun licensing. 

For a deeper dive into Biden's gun control plans, Second Amendment advocate and attorney Colion Noir analyses the candidate's program in the below video. 

 

 

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