Andrew Yang on Gun Control

Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO


Helping young males find their path will reduce gun violence

Q: What would you do about white supremacist violence?

YANG: First, we have to designate white supremacist terrorism as domestic terrorism so the Department of Justice can measure it. We have to create paths forward for men who are falling through the cracks. When you look at gun violence, 96 percent-plus of the shooters are boys and young men. We have to find ways to turn our boys into healthy, strong young men who do not hate, but instead feel like they have paths forward in today's economy.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta , Nov 20, 2019

Voluntary buyback, plus high-capacity magazine ban

Andrew Yang on Assault Weapons: Support a voluntary buyback program.

FIVE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Steve Bullock; Peter Buttigieg; Julian Castro; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan.

Andrew Yang calls for the implementation of "a federal buyback program for anyone who wants to voluntarily give up their firearm." Yang stops short of a blanket assault-weapons ban, instead proposing a three-tiered licensing system for gun ownership. Under that system, first-tier licensees must pass a federal background check. Owners of semi-automatic rifles (second-tier weapons) must be at least 21 years old and pass an advanced firearm safety class. Owners of advanced and automatic weaponry (third-tier weapons) must submit their fingerprints and DNA to the FBI, submit to a gun locker inspection and undergo yearly refresher firearm training. Yang also calls for a ban on "high-capacity magazines."

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Future without handguns is not reality

Q: In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?

A: "Talking about a future where no one owns a handgun is, frankly, not going to match up with reality."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Jun 18, 2019

In the future, people will still own handguns

Democrats have largely converged on a moderate, consensus view of gun control; we wanted to get at a deeper question of values--so we asked "In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?" Some answers:
Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Jun 18, 2019

Treat guns the way we treat motor vehicles

I think that we should treat guns in a very similar way to the way we treat motor vehicles, where you have to get licensed and tested because vehicles can kill people, and firearms do the same thing. And we should be having federal background checks around mental illness and criminal records and domestic violence. In parallel, I would invest in a massive mental health initiative, to address some of these incidents of gun violence before they happen.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2019

Three-tier gun licensing for common-sense safety

Most Americans agree on common-sense safety requirements and restrictions on firearms.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Make gun manufacturers liable for mass shootings

Yang has proposed holding gun manufacturers responsible for mass shootings by charging them $1 million per person killed in a public setting. He also wants to raise the legal age of gun ownership from 18 to 21.
Source: Townhall.com: 2020 Democratic primary "Candidate profiles" , Feb 6, 2019

Other candidates on Gun Control: Andrew Yang on other issues:
2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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