gun control

Should federal law require gun owners to register every firearm they own?

Yes

Yes

Cory Booker (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, New Jersey

Booker is no longer running for president. Booker supports a gun registration requirement, he told the New York Times.

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Booker

Deval Patrick (Dropped out)

Former governor, Massachusetts

Patrick is no longer running for president. Patrick supports a gun registration requirement, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Patrick

Elizabeth Warren (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Massachusetts

Warren is no longer running for president. “Yes, I believe all guns should be registered,” Warren told The Post.

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Elizabeth Warren
Warren

Marianne Williamson (Dropped out)

Author

Williamson is no longer running for president. Williamson supports a federal gun registry, she told The Post.

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Marianne Williamson
Williamson

Andrew Yang (Dropped out)

Tech entrepreneur

Yang is no longer running for president. Yang supports a gun registration requirement for new guns, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Yang

Only for assault weapons

Only for assault weapons

Joe Biden

Former vice president

“No, except assault weapons and other firearms covered by the National Firearms Act,” Biden told The Post.

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Joe Biden
Biden

Mike Bloomberg (Dropped out)

Former New York mayor

Bloomberg is no longer running for president. “All assault weapons owners would be required to register their firearms with the US Department of Justice,” Bloomberg told The Post. “In addition, the government would keep a sales record for every new firearm purchase; for all previously owned firearms (other than assault weapons), owners would not be required to take any action.”

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Bloomberg

Julian Castro (Dropped out)

Former mayor, San Antonio

Castro is no longer running for president. Castro's gun-safety plan pledged to “require registration of assault weapons already owned by individuals under the National Firearms Act.”

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Castro

Bernie Sanders (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Vermont

Sanders is no longer running for president. “[Sanders] will require owners of assault weapons to register them, in the same way machine gun owners must currently register their machine guns,” a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Bernie Sanders
Sanders

Tom Steyer (Dropped out)

Billionaire activist

Steyer is no longer running for president. Steyer supports a federal gun registry, he told The Post. His gun-safety plan calls for a "national assault weapon registry."

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Steyer

No

No

Michael Bennet (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Colorado

Bennet is no longer running for president. “No. We are all working to achieve the same goal — to ensure firearms are kept out of the wrong hands,” Bennet told The Post. “We are much more likely to achieve that by passing universal background checks, putting limits on magazines, and banning assault weapons.”

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Bennet

Pete Buttigieg (Dropped out)

Former mayor, South Bend, Ind.

Buttigieg is no longer running for president. Buttigieg does not support a federal gun registry, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Buttigieg

Unclear/No response

Unclear/No response

John Delaney (Dropped out)

Former U.S. representative, Maryland

Delaney is no longer running for president. Delaney did not answer this question by publication.

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John Delaney
Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard (Dropped out)

U.S. representative, Hawaii

Gabbard is no longer running for president. Gabbard did not answer this question by publication.

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Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Minnesota

Klobuchar is no longer running for president. Klobuchar did not answer this question by publication.

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Klobuchar

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Background This proposal would require gun owners to register their firearms with law enforcement. Advocates say such a federal database would hold gun owners accountable by more closely tying a gun to its owner. Opponents say such a registry would provide the federal government with too much information about gun owners and possibly lead to confiscation of their firearms. Six states and the District have instituted some version of gun registries, but eight states ban them, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

States that have instituted or have banned gun registries

Has some form of a gun registry

Has banned registries of some or all guns

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Source: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

States that have instituted or have banned gun registries

Has some form of a gun registry

Has banned registries of some or all guns

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Source: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

States that have instituted or have banned gun registries

Has some form of a gun registry

Has banned registries of some or all guns

ME

VT

NH

AK

WI

WA

ID

MT

ND

MN

IL

MI

NY

MA

OR

NV

WY

SD

IA

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OH

PA

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CT

RI

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HI

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Source: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

How candidate positions were compiled

The Washington Post sent a detailed questionnaire to every Democratic presidential campaign asking whether it supports various changes to U.S. gun policy. Candidates with similar stances were organized into groups using a combination of those answers, legislative records, action taken in an executive role, and other public comments, such as policy discussion on campaign websites, social media posts, interviews, town hall meetings and other news reports and surveys. See something we missed? Let us know.

This page will update as we learn more about the candidates’ plans. We also will note if candidates change their position on an issue. At initial publication, this page included major candidates who had announced a run for president. If a candidate dropped out after a question was published here, their stance is included under the "Show former candidates" option. If they dropped out before a question was first published, the Post did not reach out to get their stance.

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