Lawmakers to unveil gun trafficking bill
The proposal, which has some bipartisan support, would punish people who knowingly buy guns for criminals.
Two Republican and two Democratic lawmakers are planning to unveil a bill Tuesday to make gun trafficking a federal crime, The Washington Post reports. The bill is coming out of the House of Representatives, and is similar to one in the Senate.
The bill would punish people who knowingly buy guns for convicted felons and others who aren't allowed to buy weapons on their own. Right now, gun sellers get "little more than a legal slap on the wrist" for buying and reselling guns to this group, writes the Post's Greg Sargent.
The proposals in the House and Senate seek to close this loophole for "straw purchasers." But will they get enough Republican support to pass?
Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate are moving forward with a broader bill that would likely clamp down on high-capacity magazines. It would also require background checks at gun trade shows and in other private transactions, The Wall Street Journal reports. One thing the bill will not do is ban military-style, semiautomatic weapons.
That bill would undoubtedly bring strong opposition from the National Rifle Association, which is not in favor of background checks for all gun purchases.
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As long as the background checks are FREE, as even a small fee would INFRINGE on the second amendment, and that Obama CUT some other portion of the budget to PAY for it...
Look gun control is simple, instead of banning certain things (cause when has something being banned or something being illegal to use or have stopped somebody, just look at drug control and all that other BS that goes with, Smack is still being pushed all across america), just make it harder to get, Mental health Checks every so often, Annually or Bi Annually. Universal back ground checks. Make it so certain guns like assault weapons, you need to have prior training in, like military or police experience. Make sure they are not buying for someone with mental issue or a violent criminal back ground.
Great idea--why should felons or minors be able to buy guns? Interstate trafficking in guns should be stopped with universal background checks, photo id etc.
However, this is really the tip of the iceberg: assault weapons and large ammo magazines should be banned and universal background checks on all purchasers.
Then there should be a significant federal tax placed on every weapon sold and on every bullet sold in the U.S. Say $5,000 tax per weapon, and $10/bullet tax. Then use the funds from this tax to buy back any weapon for say $5,000, no questions asked.
It is a simple question of supply and demand for guns: if they become very expensive then few people will own or have them. Then, our death rate from homicides and accidental gun deaths and even suicides will drop sharply. This is what Australia experienced in 1990s.
As fas as gun rights under the Constitution, the Supreme Court has said banning assault weapons and taxing guns is legal.
As far a I am concerned, only a person in uniform in our police, national guard and U.S. military has a right to a weapon, and only if that person is "regulated" by being trained, supervised and held accountable as our police and Army and Marines are.
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