Federal Gun Bill Will Would Require Permits To Purchase A Handgun

A federal gun bill seeks to tighten gun control.

Washington, D.C. – A group of six Democrats introduced a bill April 12 that would require people first obtain a license before purchasing a handgun.

The bill also provides federal funding through grants to help states pay for licensing programs that would be needed to be set up. However, the bill states to be eligible for the federal aid, the state must have laws requiring license applicants to be at least 21 years old.

Also, an individual would have to submit to a background investigation and a criminal history check for the state to receive federal funds.

The bill states that a license would be good for five years. After that, the gun owner would have to go through a re-licensing process to retain the ability to own a handgun.

Breitbart News reported on the gun bill.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Connnecticut) along with Congresswoman Robin Kelly (Illinois), Congresswoman Alma Adams (North Carolina), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut).

The bill would also create federal grants to cover the costs for states to set up licensing program. The bill was called the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act.

In a press release, Esty stated that nearly 33 Americans are murdered every day with a firearm.

“No single law will solve this problem,” Esty said in a press release. “But there are steps we can take to prevent some of this violence and reduce the number of tragedies. We have an obligation to act, which is why I have taken to the House floor several times to urge Congressional leaders to bring gun safety legislation up for a vote.”

A 2012 Congressional Research Service report stated that in 2007, the there was an estimated 106 million handguns in the U.S. with owners needing licenses.

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ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

What is a permit?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Breitbart, eh?

Alright.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Of course one of my senators would be a party to this. Although I'm exempt, residents of Maryland already require a "purchase permit". They are required to go through gun safety training and of course pay a fee to the state before they can even get their "driver's license for guns" . Then there is 7 day waiting period which can drag to months. A complete abuse of government power.

cclaxton
cclaxton

First we ought to demand that journalists be licensed for free speech, and pastors be licensed to preach.

cspcapt
cspcapt

how many people saved their lives from deadly force via guns, why don't we focus on the victim?

secoff
secoff

Also license politicians before they can sit in those buildings and collect their millions

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

It amazes me that liberals consider it absolutely unconstitutional for someone to have "true ID" to vote, yet they consider it perfectly proper to make people jump through all sorts of hoops in order to exercise a right enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Don't think it will be passed into law, but, if it passes then this law will save Blue Lives, which is what matters.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Stop your bullshit. Won’t do a thing but discourage good people from getting guns to protect themselves.

Nativeamerican
Nativeamerican

Guns protect the 2nd Amendment, the 2nd Amendment is to remind the government not me.

Florence 1946
Florence 1946

Texas and N.C. Already have these laws and have had them for years

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

Texas does not require a license to own or buy a gun. Also there is no registration nor are there any limitations on private party sales. That's the way we like it, and as far as I'm concerned, that way it's going to stay!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I know, because all those convicted felons and cop murderers will no longer find a way to get their guns, right? SMH

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
That's a tired excuse.
No one law is going to solve all problems, but steps in the right direction to save lives is the correct way to go.

Tired in Texas
Tired in Texas

"Esty stated that nearly 33 Americans are murdered every day with a firearm."

But just as many are killed by DRUNK DRIVERS but we let people by alcohol for anyone over 21 with no restrictions on DWI background or VIOLENT DRUNKEN ASSAULTS! Why is that???? We don't have a Right to DRINK or DRIVE yet we still allow ALCOHOL to ruin lives by the millions every year!!!

spitfire12
spitfire12

In NC you already need a permit signed by the county sheriff. Ours is at every gun show. Costs $25 for the background check.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This is utterly ridiculous. We have to Ask for the government to license us to exercise our 2nd Amendment RIGHT? This sounds like something out of Nazi Germany in 1938! These idiots who draft these goofy bills must live under rocks somewhere! Will this stop crime? NO!

LEO0301
LEO0301

You mean like the way gun laws in Chicago have saved lives? After all, we all know that bad guys will follow those silly laws like they have since the beginning of time.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Law definitely has to be <b>nationwide</b> to prevent the maximum number of preventable police officer deaths (and remember a lot of those officers are mothers or fathers of young children). Otherwise, you get the situation in Chicago that LEO301 makes mention of. It will also help when Mexico pays for the border wall.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Come on now, you're a cop. You should know better.

Chicago criminals are following state law just fine. Because they can't buy their guns from illinois.

They go to Indiana, where you can basically walk in, buy guns, and walk out with no background check. So according to Indiana's lax laws, they are well within their legal limits.

b1rd
b1rd

With investigators like this I'm sure the report is accurate and Fed background checks not applying in Indiana for gun purchases. LOL
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“The report is part of a collaboration between the Chicago Police Department, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office and the University of Chicago Crime Lab.”
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However with such accurate information I would suppose they could find and charge the straw buyers.
Probably won't happen though.

2A_ShowMe
2A_ShowMe

Tired excuse? How about this DC v. Heller. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. What is the definition of infringed? infringe - Verb. to act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on

See, this ban is a blanket restriction on our rights ensured to us by The Constitution.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@2A_ShowMe
Did you read the article? Where are guns being banned here?

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass, maybe you should read something other than liberal history. It might get a little too complicated for you. Do you think you can find someone to help you understand things? Like a high school student that isn't educated in liberal areas like LA.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Booger12345
You're absolutely right, it is a people problem.

And I'd imagine the reason they don't have a gun violence problem is because they have a massive, massive drug problem. More people die a day of opioid overdose than gun violence in Chicago. They have a much bigger problem.

So, as you said, it's a people problem. The Midwest can't stay off the pills.

b1rd
b1rd

@Booger12345 notice this about your conversation with H_C Dumbass.
H_C Dumbass agrees that it is a people problem then states
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And I'd imagine the reason they don't have a gun violence problem is because they have a massive, massive drug problem. More people die a day of opioid overdose than gun violence in Chicago. They have a much bigger problem.
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Referring to Indiana's, pail in comparison, gun problem. Then he goes on to state
“The Midwest can't stay off the pills. “
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Not realizing that Illinois is right next to Indiana.
Yes, he really is that stupid.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Good find! Now find an article that details indiana's private sale policy, and how well that works out for them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
"pail" in comparison.

😂

Brianmke
Brianmke

A right requires no license.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Brianmke
So you don't show official ID when you vote?

Brianmke
Brianmke

My grandfather voted Republican until he died. Now it seems he votes demoncrat.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass who is helping you with the spelling now. You are catching the mistakes. Good boy.
Now if you could find someone with military experience to help you with those statements.

b1rd
b1rd

Probably not. McHale's Navy or Gilligan's Island. He wants to be a sailor.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@b1rd, so true, so true. My bad. Popeye comes to mind too.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Come on now, Spineless. those shows were long gone by the time i was born. Maybe name a military show within the past 30 years.

b1rd
b1rd

Can't help it you watch reruns Dumbass. That's the closest you ever were to the military.