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Lawmakers Introduce 10 Firearms Bills in 10 Days

By Teresa Anderson

A bill (H.R. 117) introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NY) would require that handguns be registered in each state. For states that do not currently have a handgun registration system, the federal system would apply. The system would be required to have a way to easily retrieve information and would apply penalties to those handgun owners who fail to complete firearms training. A similar bill (H.R. 34) was introduced by Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL). H.R. 34 would create a consistent registry system for handguns and semi-automatic weapons. The measure would also require that gun owners undergo safety training.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 65) that would raise the legal age of gun ownership from 18 to 21. The bill would also prohibit sales or transfers of guns unless the new owner is provided with secure gun storage or a gun safety device. H.R. 65 would also prohibit the storage of firearms or ammunition where a child could gain access.

Two bills, H.R. 35 and H.R. 113, introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) respectively, would repeal the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990. The lawmakers argue that the lack of guns in schools make them attractive targets for shooters.


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