MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Jason Crow Introduces Legislation to Combat Gun Trafficking

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06)

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today held a remote press conference to announce introduction of his latest gun safety bill, the Firearm Retailer Code of Conduct Act (H.R. 5678). This legislation creates a code of conduct for firearm retailers intended to curb the diversion of firearms into the illegal market. Because gun traffickers and their suppliers often obtain firearms through straw purchases and theft, gun dealers that implement safe business practices can play a vital role in keeping illicit guns out of our communities.

Crow was joined today by local gun safety advocates: Colorado Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting, Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine shooting, Barbara Niederhoff, volunteer at Moms Demand Action Colorado, and Maisha Fields, VP of Organizing at Brady and a gun violence survivor in discussing the merits of this legislation and its importance to the people of Colorado.

“Nearly 40,000 Americans per year die at the hands of guns and it doesn’t have to be that way. We must be dogged in our pursuit of commonsense legislation that will save thousands of lives,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “I’m excited to announce today the introduction of the Firearm Retailer Code of Conduct Act. This bill, which already has substantial support, is very simple. It includes commonsense stuff, and I’m happy to join with organizations like Brady, Everytown, March For Our Lives, and Giffords in offering these important reforms.”

“Our nation’s gun dealers play a critical role in preventing gun violence, often the first and last line of defense in preventing guns from getting into the hands of those who should not have them. Ensuring proper oversight, training, and accountability is a common-sense solution that will help to end our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Addressing the supply of guns into the illegal market and stopping them before they flood into communities will help to reduce gun violence and crime, especially in disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities across our country. Brady thanks Rep. Crow for introducing the Firearm Retailer Code of Conduct Act and for continuing his stalwart advocacy on behalf of gun violence prevention solutions,” said Kris Brown, President of Brady.

See full video of Congressman Crow’s press conference here

The Firearm Retailer Code of Conduct Act:

  • Takes commonsense action to require gun dealers and their employees to undergo training every two years to identify fraudulent or potentially unlawful firearms purchases;
  • Instructs gun dealers and their employees to refuse the sale of firearms to straw purchasers, gun traffickers, intoxicated persons, or those at risk of harming themselves or others;
  • Mandates retailers’ posting of notices indicating the signs of fraudulent or potentially unlawful firearms purchases and displaying contact information to report suspected illegal transactions at all points of sale; and
  • Requires that federally licensed firearms dealers maintain business and liability insurance throughout the life of the business.

This legislation has been endorsed by Brady, Everytown, Orange Ribbons for Gun Safety, Newtown Action Alliance, Newtown Action Alliance, March For Our Lives, and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.

See a list of co-sponsors joining Rep. Crow in introducing this bill here.

See a one-pager on this legislation here.

See full bill text here.

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