Brooklyn rep proposes new gun safety bills ahead of Parkland anniversary

Brooklyn rep proposes new gun safety bills ahead of Parkland anniversary

Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced a legislative package to improve gun safety standards on Feb. 10, ahead of the Feb. 14 anniversary of the Parkland shooting. US Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday introduced a legislative package to improve gun safety standards to mark Sunday’s third anniversary of the shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School. On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, then 19, killed 17 students and teachers and non-fatally injured 17 others at the school. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. In fact, they are meaningless if not backed up by doing the work to affect real change,” said Maloney in a Feb. 10 Zoom press conference announcing the legislation. “In 2020, we lost more than 40,000 Americans to gun violence. In 2021, we’ve already seen more than 4,000 gun violence deaths, and it’s only February 10.” The package, which US Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) sponsored in the upper chamber, contains five bills. The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act would make unpermitted buying or selling of firearms a felony rather than a misdemeanor charge. The Handgun Trigger Safety Act would promote the use of smart gun technology so that only authorized owners can fire it. The Firearms Risk Protection Act would require gun owners to purchase insurance as car owners do. The other bills in the package would close the gun show loophole and require the FBI to keep track of all background check information for up to 90 days after approval. Several anti-gun violence advocates joined Maloney […]

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