Langevin wants to crack down on ‘bad actor’ gun dealers

Langevin wants to crack down on 'bad actor' gun dealers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Congressman Jim Langevin is calling on his colleagues in Congress to take action on a new bill he’s sponsored aimed at cracking down on a small fraction of gun dealers who are illegally selling firearms to criminals. The bill, called "Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act," would increase gun dealer audits and inspections by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and strengthen penalties for violators. "Gun dealers have a responsibility to their communities to follow the law and when they don’t the consequences can be life or death," Langevin said Monday. The bill was introduced by Langevin and his co-sponsors on the second anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, when a gunman opened fire and killed 50 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando. According to a study by the anti-gun violence group the Brady Campaign, five percent of gun dealers provide the guns for 90 percent of crimes each year. Langevin and his colleagues are hoping this act will change that. "Imagine if we could shut down by one-half, and perhaps by 100-percent, those five percent of dealers that are providing those weapons of 90 percent of shootings in this country," Providence Public Commissioner Steven Pare said. "It would make it a different place here in America." “Many of the guns that are used in violent crimes in Rhode Island are illegally trafficked from other states bought legally by straw purchasers,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said. “We need strong federal legislation and […]

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