Robin Kelly Intros 3 Bills to Address Gun Violence
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced three bills this month to bring what she calls common sense to federal gun policy. Her first bill would require the U.S. Surgeon General to provide an annual report to Congress on the public health impacts and cost of gun violence in America -- an epidemic that claims nearly 40,000 American lives each and every year. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy repeatedly used his platform to call for action to address this public health threat. The Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency Act would essentially make it protocol to do so. The second bill, the Firearm Safety Act, would extend the jurisdiction of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories. “If CPSC has jurisdiction over something as safe and cuddly as a child’s teddy bear, they should be part of the effort to make guns safer for all,” Kelly said. Finally, her third bill would prevent individuals with violent records from accessing guns. The Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals Act would specifically prohibit those convicted of a violent crime as a juvenile from purchasing a gun until the age of 25, individuals convicted of two or more crimes involving drugs or alcohol within a three-year period from making a purchase for 10 years, and convicted stalkers or domestic violence abusers from purchasing a gun. “These bills bring some commonsense to America’s outdated and dangerous gun safety laws. We know that no single bill can prevent all gun violence but each of these bills will help. It’s past time for Congress to do something and save lives,” Kelly said. More here.