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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

Congresswoman McCollum Joins Colleagues in Supporting Gun Violence Prevention Measures

February 11, 2013
Speech

 

In 2012, our country suffered 16 mass shootings with 151 fatalities.  The brutal trend is a symptom of a larger problem: widespread gun violence.  All Members of Congress have a duty to their constituents to address specific legal loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to commit violent acts with guns. 

Throughout the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) will advocate for legislation aimed at making our communities safer while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.   

The list below includes bills in the 113th Congress that she currently supports.

[NEW] H.R. 404 Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act - Enhances criminal penalties for people who purchase firearms on behalf of individuals who cannot legally obtain guns.[Cosponsored on February 6, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 332 Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act - Allows victims of gun violence to have their day in court; also ensures negligent gun companies are not shielded from legal liability when they disregard public safety. [Cosponsored on February 6, 2013] 

[NEW] H.R. 226 - Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act – Offers a tax credit to assault weapon owners who voluntarily turn in their weapons to state police. [Cosponsored on February 6, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 431 - Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act of 2013 – Repeals certain laws that prevent the ATF from tracing the flow of illegal firearms. [Cosponsored on February 5, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 236 - Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2013 - Increases the ability of ATF to inspect federal firearms licensees (FFLs) for compliance with recordkeeping requirements. [Cosponsored on February 4, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 437 – The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 – Reinstates and expands expired federal ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines; requires owners to register grandfathered weapons. [Cosponsored on January 29, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 321 - Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act – Allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to conduct crucial scientific research into firearm safety. [Cosponsored on January 18, 2013]

[NEW] H.R. 142 Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act – Requires face-to-face purchases of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers, and reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.[Cosponsored on January 15, 2013]

H.R. 137 – The Fix Gun Checks Act – Ensures that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale. [Cosponsored on January 14, 2013]

Letter to Vice President Joseph Biden - Along with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman McCollum sent a letter to Vice President Biden, urging him to include a proposal for enhanced research on gun-related violence by the Department of Health and Human Services in his recommendations to the President. [Letter sent January 11, 2013]

H.R. 138 - The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act – Prohibits the transfer, importation, or possession of high capacity magazines manufactured after the bill is enacted.  This bill allows individuals who currently own the devices to legally retain possession but works to prevent the spread of the devices by making it illegal to transfer them to another individual.[Cosponsored on January 8, 2013]

H.R. 93 – The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act – Amends chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms, and for other purposes. [Cosponsored on January 7, 2013]