On Monday Cory Booker unveiled a plan which was aimed in reducing gun violence which includes coming up with a gun licensing program.
The program is set to limit the number of firearms a person can purchase in a month and issuing a ban on high capacity magazines and weapons. The plan from Booker is most like to face opposition from gun rights advocacy forums and groups.
Booker believes that if an American requires a license for them to drive a car that they should also have a permit to owing a gun.
Currently, about 13 states have enacted such programs where people need a license or permit to buy a gun or any other weapon. Booker said that his plan was quite simple; he plans to make it hard for people who should not have a weapon to get one.
In the past year’s efforts by Democrats to pass gun, legislation have failed.
Bookers campaign said that the gun licensing program would be similar to taking a new passport. Applicants would be required to submit fingerprints, basic background, and provide documentation which proves that they have finished a gun safety course.
The FBI would be the ones verifying the documents and if all the requirements are met a person will then be issued with a license. The gun license would be valid for five years before renewing it again.
States which already have gun licensing programs would be required to meet the new standards set in the new program.
Booker announced his plan two weeks after Kamala Harris announced that she would use executive action against gun control if elected as a president in 2020.