Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Hold Bad-Actor Gun Dealers Accountable

Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Hold Bad-Actor Gun Dealers Accountable

Washington (July 12, 2018) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act , legislation that would strengthen accountability measures for gun dealers to ensure they are not engaging in illegal gun sales and to provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with clear enforcement mechanisms. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, just five percent of gun dealers supply 90 percent of crime guns used in the United States. While the majority of gun dealers follow the law, a small number of delinquent gun dealers are recklessly perpetuating the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Senator Markey’s legislation would ensure that guns do not end up in the wrong hands by authorizing increased inspections of gun dealers to ensure compliance standards are met, increasing penalties for serious offenses, and strengthening the Department of Justice’s authority and discretion in enforcing gun laws. “We have seen the devastating consequences of not holding gun dealers who engage in illegal sales practices accountable,” said Senator Markey. “ By increasing inspections and penalties, we can decrease the number of guns falling in to the wrong hands. And by strengthening accountability measures for all gun dealers and equipping ATF with the tools to enforce the law, we can prevent further gun violence from occurring.” Among other provisions, the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act would increase the permitted number of ATF inspections of firearms dealers from one to three per year; strengthen criminal penalties […]

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