Legislation introduced to reduce gun violence

Legislation introduced to reduce gun violence
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced legislation to reduce gun violence. (Source: Pixabay)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) -Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced legislation to reduce gun violence.

The legislation would thwart the theft of firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees, or federally-licensed dealers, manufacturers, and importers.

According to the ATF, 8,129 guns were reported stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees in 2017. A total of 3,451 were reported stolen in 2013.

“We know that too many guns are getting into the hands of dangerous people—that’s why 97 percent of Americans support background checks for gun sales. But there is a growing trend of criminals getting guns by breaking into gun shops after business hours and stealing the guns on display. Those guns are often used to commit violent crimes.  These thefts can be deterred by reasonable security measures, including requiring gun dealers to properly secure their firearms inventory after hours.  Congress must summon the courage to pass common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence, and this bill should be part of that conversation.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Also introducing the bill was U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL-10).

It is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

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