Maloney Introduces Trio of Gun Safety Bills to Crack Down on Gun Violence

Jan 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today introduced three bills to promote gun safety; The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, the NICS Review Act, and the Firearm Risk Protection Act.

“If more guns made us safe, we’d be safest country in the world, but we are far from it, said Rep Maloney. “The group of bills I am introducing today will save lives and promote safe gun ownership by closing the gun show loophole, giving law enforcement the tools it needs to go after fraudulent gun purchases by keeping National Instant Background Checks on record for 90 days instead of just the 24 hours currently allowed, and requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance just as we do car owners. It’s time that this country got serious about gun violence and I’m determined to see that we do.

Background:

GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE CLOSING ACT

Currently, people who buy guns at gun shows are not subject to background checks. This bill would close this loophole and give ATF the resources and authority it needs to ensure that gun shows do not facilitate dangerous gun sales. It will also make sure that law enforcement know the details about shows and that records are kept on firearm sales.

THE NICS REVIEW ACT

This commonsense bill will make it less likely that guns get into the wrong hands. It would require that the FBI keep all National Instant Background Check System (NICS) records for no less than 90 days after giving gun purchasing approval so that the FBI and ATF have the time they need to review background check records. This simple change would make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to skirt the law and the safeguards we’ve put in place. 

FIREARM RISK PROTECTION ACT

We need to incentivize responsible gun ownership. This would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, which will help to ensure they use and store their guns responsibly.

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