Maloney unveils gun safety legislation package

Maloney unveils gun safety legislation package

House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday unveiled a legislative package of five bills focused on gun safety. Maloney introduced the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which would make gun trafficking a felony and make straw purchasing — when someone buys a gun for another person who is ineligible — a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor. She also introduced the Handgun Trigger Safety Act would incentivize the development of “smart-gun technology” that would only allow authorized gun owners to fire a gun. In addition, Maloney introduced the Firearm Risks Protection Act, which would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance. The New York Democrat also unveiled the Gunshow Loop Hole Act to require people who buy guns at gun shows to undergo background checks. In addition, the NICS Review Act would require the FBI retain records of the National Instant Criminal Background Check system for at least 90 days so that the agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) can review records. Maloney’s proposals will likely have a hard time getting much traction. Even if they advanced past the Democratically controlled House, they would need at least 10 Republican votes to get to the 60 needed to get through the Senate. However, Maloney expressed optimism that the Senate would take up gun safety legislation. “We’re particularly positioned well to pass these bills that have been around a long time, and that the American people … overwhelmingly support,” Maloney said. "So we have a, […]

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