It didn’t take long. After taking their oath of office Thursday, House members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 new pieces of gun-related legislation according to The Hill.
Almost half of them were introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.:
H.R. 137 and 138 from McCarthy would require people prohibited from buying firearms to be listed in a national database, and would prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition clips.
McCarthy’s H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows, which would close the so-called gun-show loophole. Her H.R. 142 would require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, the licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of bulk ammo purchases.
In Florida, firearm purchasers are required to fill out paperwork and go through an FBI check no matter where the sale is made. Also, ammunition can be expensive, and bulk purchases provide a way to save money, especially for those who try to maintain their skill level with frequent gun range visits.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.) each proposed their own bills tightening firearms licensing requirements — H.R. 34 and H.R. 117, respectively. And Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proposed H.R. 65, which would raise the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18 to 21.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) reintroduced his bill, H.R. 21, to require background checks for all gun sales, and to require gun owners to report when their guns have been stolen.
All the above were introduced by Democrats. From the other side of the isle came two bills, both from freshman lawmakers, asking that areas in and around school grounds no longer be declared “gun-free zones.”
These bills, H.R. 35 from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and H.R. 133 from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) are a response to findings that violence in and around schools has increased since the gun free zone law took effect in 1990.
“By disarming qualified citizens and officials in schools we have created a dangerous situation for our children,” Stockman said. “In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones’ there were two mass school shootings. In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools’ there have been 10 mass school shootings.”
“Not only has the bill utterly failed to protect our children, it appears to have placed them in danger,” he said.
The most anticipated and far-reaching gun legislation will be coming from Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office, however, no Senate bills will be proposed until Jan. 22.
Read more at The Hill.
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