Reps. Watson Coleman, Pallone, Sires and Espaillat Lead Introduction of Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Reps. Watson Coleman, Pallone, Sires and Espaillat Lead Introduction of Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Reps. Watson Coleman, Pallone, Sires and Espaillat Lead Introduction of Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Washington, DC (June 4, 2021) – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) along with co-sponsors Congressmen Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Albio Sires (NJ-8) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) reintroduced the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2021 . This legislation would overturn an outdated 1986 law to build a framework of commonsense standards for handgun ownership in the United States by creating a federal licensing and registration process for gun ownership with minimum requirements that: the person seeking gun ownership is at least 21 years old; the person undergoes firearm training; the handgun owner has undergone a criminal history and background check (including submitting fingerprints and photographs) and; a license renewal process after five years of issuance. The bill would allow states to the opportunity to opt out of the federal system on the condition that they implement a state registration system that meets the same requirements. “The National Rifle Association has for years threatened, fundraised and strong-armed the debate around the second amendment for so long that commonsense measures — measures that would bring down rates of gun violence and even receive the support of law enforcement — have been deemed taboo. Today, after years of horrific incidences of gun violence, large majorities of Americans – Democrat, Republican, and Independent – are calling for action,” said Watson Coleman . “Our government requires registration and basic standards for voting, operating a vehicle, even opening a business. […]

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