U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth suggests a 'national FOID card,' assault weapons ban as remedies for mass shootings
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says while this year's bipartisan firearms legislation was a good first step, a lot more needs to happen to tamp down on gun violence in America in the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill.
"I would like to see a nationwide reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, which was allowed to expire in 2004," she said.
Duckworth, D-Ill., said the biggest killer of children under the age of 16 is gun violence.
"A big portion of what's happening is assault weapons, which are weapons of war, and the high capacity magazines that are used," she said. "They just simply don't belong on the streets of this of this country. And I'm gonna work to suspend, and to abandon them."
Duckworth said she's glad to see expanded mental health services, law enforcement information sharing, and school safety funding come from the bipartisan legislation, and is hopeful it's the start of a broader legislative effort.
"I'd like to see a national FOID card. You know, in Illinois, we have a FOID card. It doesn't stop people from being able to purchase weapons. But I think it's important that everyone should have a background check," she said. "You shouldn't just be able to walk into a gun show and buy a gun without a background check. I think we need to significantly close that loophole."
Duckworth also is pitching anti price-gouging legislation in response to inflation that she blames largely on oil companies that are taking advantage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine to make a profit.
"We know that the cause of oil per barrel went up because of this war in Ukraine. But the oil companies are taking advantage and they're actually keeping them artificially high. That is the part that is considered price gouging. And that would become illegal," she said.
Duckworth said her legislation, introduced in March, also would apply to other events, like hurricanes and tornadoes.