While the 2020 Democratic National Committee Platform adopted this week does not include controversial Medicare for All and the Green New Deal programs, it does go hard on the gun industry and lawful gun owners. 

The official DNC platform, adopted Tuesday at the Party's virtual convention, dedicates a section of its 80-pages to "Ending the Epidemic of Gun Violence."

As outlined in the document, Democrats plan to:

  • Ban the manufacture and sale of "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines.
  • End online sales of guns and ammunition.
  • Ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "have sufficient resources to study gun violence as a public health issue."
  • Enact universal background checks.
  • Expand the definition of who can lose their gun rights due to misdemeanor domestic violence charges. 
  • Halt the safety valve that allows would-be gun buyers to receive a firearm after a background check has stalled out for more than three days. 
  • Enact mandatory gun lock laws. 
  • Push for states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms. 
  • Push for more "red flag" gun seizure laws which have become increasingly popular in blue states.
  • Prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits.

A Damning Indictment

"Presumed Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, called the firearm industry 'the enemy' from the debate stage one year ago," said Larry Keane, senior vice president for government and public affairs, assistant secretary and general counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. "Now, the rest of the party plans to follow him in that announcement with the Democratic Platform that lays out an agenda to dismantle the firearm and ammunition industry and destroy Second Amendment rights in America."

Indeed, the mere concept of the right to keep and bear arms has been deleted from modern DNC platforms-- a point noted by the NRA who pointed out that Democrats included a pledge to "preserve Americans' Second Amendment right to own and use firearms," as late as the 2008 and 2012 national Democratic Party platforms. 

"The gun control section of the draft 2020 Democratic Party Platform is a perfect fit for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee," noted the NRA. "Both the platform drafters and the former vice president have put forward a radical gun control agenda that would further burden every aspect of gun ownership. Above all, both have exhibited a complete disregard for the Second Amendment."

Update, 12.20.21: Link to draft platform updated to internet archived url as live version has expired.  

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