How Washington will address gun violence with a new bill
Washington, DC—Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D/D-N.Y., announced today that they introduced the National Rifle Association (NRA) Freedom Act to strengthen federal gun control laws.
The bill would make it a crime for anyone to buy, possess, sell, transport, transport in interstate commerce, or receive a firearm from a prohibited person.
It would also prohibit the transfer of firearms by anyone who is prohibited from possessing them.
Wyden and Maloney also introduced the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2016, which would ban all assault weapons, magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and high capacity ammunition clips.
Walgreens announced it would phase out its sales of high-capacity ammunition clips by 2019.
And the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced it was ending its annual National Sporting Goods Show.
These efforts are all part of a broader push by gun-control advocates and legislators across the country to try and close loopholes in current gun laws and expand them to prevent future gun violence.
Walsh and Maloocey have been working on the bill for years.
They first introduced the bill in 2016, when it was still called the Second Amendment.
It was included in the first major gun bill, the Everytown Protection Act of 2014.
Widen and Malocey introduced a bill in 2018 to ban high-speed Internet services and high-volume ammunition sales to certain high-risk people.
They introduced another bill in 2019 that would require gun shows to have background checks for people buying and selling guns.
The NRA’s Freedom Act would ban anyone who can legally purchase a firearm or ammunition from being able to do so with a criminal record or other disqualifying factors.
The bill would also require gun sellers to conduct background checks on anyone who buys or sells firearms, and require that the FBI conduct a review of the background of gun buyers, sellers, and purchasers to make sure that they are not prohibited from buying or selling guns by federal law.
The bills would also include a provision that would bar anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime, including domestic violence, from purchasing a firearm, and anyone who was convicted of committing a felony involving the possession of a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be ineligible to buy or sell a firearm.
The gun lobby has been fighting against some of the legislation introduced this week, saying it will increase gun violence and lead to more mass shootings.
It also has argued that more background checks and more stringent laws would reduce gun violence because criminals are more likely to carry guns.
Walden, the bill’s author, said the National Background Check System, or NICS, would not be needed because it already checks all guns sold in the U.S. and would not have to be updated by Congress.
Maloney said the background check system is already in place and should be available.
But critics argue that the legislation is nothing more than an attempt to ban all guns that would make gun violence far worse.
Maloney and Wyden are working on a bill to strengthen background checks to make it easier for law enforcement to investigate gun crimes and would also mandate background checks in all gun sales.
Malooze said she is still working on how to implement her legislation.