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Inslee unveils 10-point plan to fight white nationalist gun violence

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Danielle Haynes
Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., accused President Donald Trump of not doing enough to call out white nationalist violence. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., accused President Donald Trump of not doing enough to call out white nationalist violence. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a 10-point plan to combat white nationalist gun violence, saying the United States needs a president willing to call out racism.

The Washington governor's plan comes days after two mass shootings over the weekend that killed 31 people. Though police have given no official cause for the El Paso, Texas, shooting Saturday, investigators found an anti-immigrant document the accused shooter posted online.

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President Donald Trump condemned racism and white supremacy during a speech Monday from the White House, but critics have accused him of fueling anti-immigrant sentiment during and before his time in office.

Inslee said the U.S. government lacks a "coherent strategy" for dealing with gun violence by white nationalists.

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"Reversing this situation starts with defeating President Trump and reaffirming once again that it is unacceptable for a white nationalist to occupy the Oval Office," Inslee said. "Combatting white nationalist violence starts with a president who is willing to call out racism and put the tools of the federal government to work in tracking the scourge of extremist violence."

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Inslee introduced a 10-point plan to stem the violence, including:

  • Directing federal law enforcement resources to combatting white nationalism, including reinstating grants for anti-white supremacy groups like Life After Hate.
  • Creating a system to identify, track and prosecute white nationalist extremists, including strengthening the Hate Crime Statistics Act.
  • Expanding cooperation with foreign allies to fight white nationalism.
  • Implementing a national ban on assault weapons.
  • Implementing an extreme risk protection order law, which allows family members and police officers the ability to seek temporary removal of firearms from someone showing signs of violence.
  • Adding misdemeanor hate crimes to the list of factors that prevent someone from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
  • Prosecuting people who try to buy a firearm even though they are ineligible.
  • Closing a loophole that allows people to buy firearms after a three-day wait period even if the FBI hasn't completed a background check in that time. Inslee wants to expand that wait period to 10 days.
  • Modernizing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives' data management systems and provide the agency with resources to carry out inspections of licensed firearms dealers.
  • Banning untraceable firearms, such as those made with 3D printers.

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