Gun Related Bills in Congress-2017:
- HR 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, would make it even easier to purchase gun silencers. Silencers change the sound of gunfire and mask muzzle flash. Gun silencers can already be purchased. Purchasers simply need to follow existing regulations, such as completing a background check and registering the silencer with federal officials.If there is a shooting in a public space, such as the one in the Fort Lauderdale airport this past year, it will be harder for people in the surrounding area to hear the gun fire and seek safety. Also, silencers make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to locate active shooters. AND, a survey done earlier this year by Americans for Responsible Solutions found the majority of gun owners believe silencers should be regulated.
- Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: HR 38, S446 This bill seeks to mandate that anyone with a concealed carry license in their state be accepted in all other states. In PA we have a process of receiving a concealed carry permit through the Sheriff’s office which involves a background check, a three page application, 2 personal references, and discretion of the sheriff to make final determination as to your competence. Many other states have stricter requirements, including passing a gun safety training course, and proof that one needs to carry a concealed weapon. Other states have NO REQUIREMENTS, known as ‘Constitutional Carry’. This bill would force all states to accept the lowest common denominator of vetting for concealed carry. In addition, HR 38 if passed, would permit anyone with a permit to bring the gun to schools, eliminating the policy of “safe school zones”. HR 38 Status: in House Judiciary Committee with 192 cosponsors. S446 Status: in Senate Judiciary with 36 cosponsors.
- Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act: HR1181 This bill seeks to reverse an Obama era executive action that mandates the VA medical professionals deciding which Vets have proven to be a danger to themselves or others. If passed, it would take 170,000 Vets off of the NICS, National Instant Background Check system from being prohibited to buy a gun legally. This bill Passed the House and is currently in the Senate Calendar under ‘general orders.
- Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act: HR 62 This bill would increase funds and resources for the ATF: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm (ATF) It is in the House Judiciary with 0 cosponsors.
- Gun Violence Research Act: HR 1478 This bill would remove restrictions from funding gun violence related research by the Center for Disease Control, and provide new funding. Status: in House Energy and Commerce committee and has 55 cosponsors.
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