Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Advocates for National Gun Licensing Program

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Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas).

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) unveiled a sweeping plan on Monday, May 6 to combat gun violence. The plan includes licensing all gun owners through the federal government.

The licensing requirement is part of a 14-point gun reform plan Booker hopes to initiate if he were elected president in the 2020 election. The presidential hopeful said the program would be just like renewing a passport, and that anyone who wants to purchase a gun would have to provide background information, fingerprints, and documents verifying the completion of a gun safety course.

“My plan to address gun violence is simple — we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said in a statement to The North Star. 

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