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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

N.Y. Senator Revives Failed Federal Gun Trafficking Bill

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced Monday that she will reintroduce legislation to make the sale of two or more guns to a prohibited person a felony. The proposal, co-sponsored by Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is similar to a bill that failed in 2013. 

Details of the bill were not available at the time of this writing, but supporters have long blamed states with less restrictive gun laws for gun crimes in New York City. News reports of Gillibrand’s announcement cite the death of NYPD officer Brian Moore, who was killed with a firearm stolen from a Georgia pawn shop. Gillibrand and others fail to recognize that stealing guns in Georgia (and every other state) is already a crime—one that won’t be addressed by such legislation.

NRA-ILA is watching this development closely; watch this space for authoritative comment when details become available.