Gun control and Mitch McConnell

Today on Twitter I’ve seen numbers of people — including Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senators — demand Mitch McConnell curtail the Congressional recess, bring the Senate back and deal with gun violence legislation.

The Senate does not need to write new gun control legislation. This past year, the House passed several substantial bills, many of which are replicated in Senate bills — the ones McConnell is sitting on.

Here is a list of House bills dealing with gun control and gun violence passed during this past (116th) Congress.

H.R. 8 —  “To require a background check for every firearm sale.”

H.R. 33 — Gun Trafficking and Prohibition Act

H.R. 282 — Safer America for Everyone Right Now Act or the SAFER Now Act

This bill establishes new restrictions and requirements regarding the sale, transfer, and possession of firearms. Specifically, it does the following:

    • prohibits a licensed gun dealer from transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person prior to the completion of a background check;
    • generally prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD);
    • requires a gun dealer to conduct a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a grandfathered SAW between private parties;
    • requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prohibited person attempts to purchase a grandfathered SAW;
    • allows Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to be used to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program;
    • requires a person who operates a gun show to meet certain requirements (e.g., minimum age and registration);
    • makes trafficking in firearms a stand-alone criminal offense;
    • prohibits firearm sale or disposition to or receipt or possession by a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking; and
    • prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a trigger crank, a bump-fire device, or any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

H.R. 435 – Gun Violence Research Act

H.R. 674 — Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019 — authorizing the CDC to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.

H.R. 744 — To provide states with funding to prevent suicide and violence

H.R. 942 — Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology Act of 2018 or the SAFETY Act

H.R. 1116 – Keeping Guns From High-Risk Individuals

H.R. 1287 — No Gun For Abusers Act

H.R. 1296 — Assault Weapons Ban

H.R. 1745 — Gun Violence Prevention Act of 2019

H.R. 2303 — To establish a registration for violent gun offenders, to provide for sufficient notification of their whereabouts, to honor the memory of Gladys Ricart and other gun crime victims, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2585 – Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act

H.R. 2674 — Gun Theft Prevention Act

H.R. 2867 — Ethan’s Law. Amending U.S. code regarding safe storage of guns.

H.R. 3234 — Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act

H.R. 3435 — Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act

H.R. 4062 — To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

The laws are written and passed, they are in the Senate. Will Moscow Mitch end the recess and do his job?


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