3 Senate Democrats reintroduce gun control bill that would require people to get a federal firearm license to procure a gun

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A trio of Democratic senators has reintroduced legislation that would require people to get a federal license in order to buy or receive a gun.

Would-be gun owners would have to jump though several hoops while seeking the license, including “a written test,” “hands-on testing,” and “a background investigation and criminal history check,” according to the bill’s text. People would also need to supply “proof of identity,” as well as their fingerprints, information about the gun they aim to acquire, and the identity of the entity selling or transferring the weapon.

The proposal would allow an exception to the federal license requirement for people in a state that has a similar licensing system in place.

Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are pushing the Federal Firearm Licensing Act, which was previously introduced in 2019 but failed to go anywhere.

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“The Federal Firearms Licensing Act would put in place a certification process that includes firearm safety training and a thorough criminal background and identity check requiring the licensee be 21 years of age,” Menendez said, according to a press release. “We have a moral obligation to prevent these senseless massacres in our schools, supermarkets, places of worship and shopping malls that are tearing communities and families apart. It is my hope that my Republican colleagues will once-and-for-all recognize the urgency of action and join us in passing this legislation before more lives are senselessly lost to gun violence.”

“We need to adopt proven, common-sense measures that will address the scourge of gun violence and make our communities safer,” Booker said. “This bill moves us in the right direction and is based on a simple concept – if you need a license to drive a car, you should need one to buy and possess a gun.”

“This legislation will save lives and protect communities across the United States from the devastating impact of gun violence,” Blumenthal said.

The proposal highlights an ongoing national debate between gun control proponents and gun rights advocates.

Responding to a tweet from The Hill about the proposed legislation, Andrew Wilkow commented, “That would literally be ‘infringement’.”

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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    1. Those 3 DO NOT UNDERSTAND the ENGLISH language.

      They need to go back to school, kindergarten would be a good start.

    2. They’ll understand death and hell when they finally pass on from this earth. All anti-guuners get exterminated in hell. 100%

  1. People would also need to supply “proof of identity,”…

    Racism! When it comes to voting Democrats think that requiring ID prevents minorities from voting. Obviously, this bill is being passed because Democrats want to keep guns out of the hands of minorities because they don’t trust minorities.

    OK, that was intended to be sarcasm. However, it is based on the same line of reasoning that Dems have used in the past and is a more logical argument than any that the Dems have used to call conservatives racist.

    1. I don’t know about you, but filthy disgusting rotten democrats make me glad that hell exists and all democrats get exterminated there for eternity.

  2. They want proof of identity to purchase a weapon but don’t want proof of identity to vote. Hypocrites.

  3. But we can’t get voter I.D. laws passed, FUCK YOU….how about Term Limits assholes ? Lets go Brandon ! TRUMP 2024

  4. How about jail time for the criminals, and the shooters causing death of another person……the Death Penalty!!!!!!!

    1. Can’t have that! A lot of politicians would qualify for biblical death penalties. Let’s start with peddler-filia. Jesus said exterminate them.

  5. Enforce existing (stupid) laws. Arrest bad actors, charge them with the full violation, protect the public by keeping them off the streets, determine guilt or innocence, and sentence them to the full extent of the law. Those who take a life should lose theirs. Problem solved!

    1. Death and hell for ALL MURDERERS! That’s what God commanded. But you satanic lefty politicians hate God.

  6. You three vile filthy disgusting lying satanic P-Ricks enjoy your eternity incinerating in hot flames. Just like your dunce pal Biden. No communists anti-gunners allowed in heaven.

  7. In my wallet is a ragged, thirty five year old, yellow, State of New Jersey Firearm Purchaser Identification card. I’ve updated it every time I changed residences since 1965. It is required to show the gun seller or gun store for every new, used, or traded firearm acquired by me. It can’t be used to purchase handguns. That requires another individual permit for each pistol, issued by the local police department. Now our senators in NJ want more official approvals for honest citizens here to exercise their right to possess a firearm! Enough already!

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