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Harris Would Use Executive Action for Gun Control if Congress Doesn't Act in 100 Days

John Pemble
California U.S Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Des Moines Register Politcial Soapbox.

Democratic presidential campaigns are swarming Iowa this weekend, including stops at the Iowa State Fair. In addition to their standard stump speeches, many of the candidates are using their time in Iowa to talk about their plans to address gun control following last week’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

California Sen. Kamala Harris says if she’s elected president she’s prepared to take executive action to pass gun control policies if Congress doesn’t act. She made those comments at the Des Moines Register Political soapbox before a large crowd of fairgoers.

“Then when we are elected I will give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together on this and put on a bill on my desk for signature,” Harris told the crowd.

If they do not, Harris said she’d “put in place a comprehensive background check requirement and require the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] to take the licenses of gun dealers who violate the law.”

She said she would also use executive action to ban the importation of assault weapons into our country.

Harris also grilled pork chops while a mob of reporters encircled her. Afterwards, she joined many other Democrats to speak at a gun control forum set up was in response to the most recent mass shootings.

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.