Bob Menéndez Pushes Two Gun Bills
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) introduced two pieces of legislation this week focused on guns. The first measure aims to block the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken controls over foreign arms sales or allow for the unfettered proliferation of untraceable, virtually undetectable, 3D printable guns that threaten public safety. In a move that appears to be an attempt to bypass congressional oversight, the Trump administration announced earlier this month that it has taken steps to transfer control of the export of semi-automatic pistols, assault-style rifles, sniper rifles, and ammunition from the U.S. Munition List under the authority of the Department of State to the less-stringent controls of the Department of Commerce. It would also transfer the control of the technical information and blueprints for 3D printing of nearly undetectable firearms to Commerce, where the lax regulations would facilitate the Internet publication worldwide. This bill -- which Menéndez introduced with Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- would block the transfer. “These changes defy common sense, undermine public safety and undercut our national security. The only ones cheering these ill-advised moves are the NRA and U.S. gunmakers,” said Menéndez. The Senator also introduced a bill that would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. The Keep Americans Safe Act, which he introduced with Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), also requires devices manufactured after enactment to have conspicuous serial numbers and date of manufacture to help law enforcement identify restricted magazines among other things. More here.