Stein supports an assault weapons ban as well as local community gun regulations, background checks, ending the gun show loop holes.
“We certainly need an assault weapon ban but we need more than that. There are some 260 people everyday who are injured or killed by gun violence. So it’s very important that we ban assault weapons for starters, but there are other steps that need to be taken quickly. Local communities need to be able to regulate guns as needed to deal with their violence. So we need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, we need background checks so that the mentally ill are not possessing and using guns. And we need to end the gun show loop holes as well, because there’s far too much violence from guns which is not needed. But in addition we have to address the other drivers of community violence. That includes ensuring that mental health services are available to everyone. Mental health services have been cut back in a major way with all the cuts to health care and providing Medicare for all that covers everyone, including mental health services, would go a long way to ensure that very unstable and troubled individuals are not getting into possession of guns and then using them. But in addition we need to end the culture of drug violence which also is a major driver of gun violence. So that means legalizing marijuana because it is a substance which is dangerous because it is illegal but it’s actually far less dangerous than other legal substances and to legalize it will go a long way to put an end to the violence surrounding the drug culture."