Summary for Congressional bill HR 2732 (114th):
Allows the Attorney General to give grants to help states make stronger handgun purchaser licensing laws. States must include the following for applicants:
- be at least 21 years old
- background & criminal history checks
- apply at the police station
- reapply for license within 5 years
- fingerprints & photograph
- proof of legal residency
Vote Yes if you believe:
- Handguns cause nearly 90% of all firearm deaths (2013) and we should encourage stronger handgun licensing. #Handguns #GunControl
- Since many handguns used in crimes in states with strong licensing come from out of state, we should encourage stronger licensing nationwide. #Handguns #GunControl
Vote No if you believe:
- The citizen’s 2nd amendment right to bear firearms should not be restricted. #2ndAmendment #GunControl
- We should have a federal licensing program, not just create a grant program to encourage states. #GunControl
- Government bureaucracy would make the licensing process too long and difficult. #Bureaucracy
(This is the 1st draft of the summary for a bill in Polinav. Summary & In-Depth is non-partisan & Vote yes/no reasons are fact-checked. If you think something is wrong, should be added or deleted, comment below!)
So, first thing that we need to address here: this bill does not institute a national handgun licensing program. What this does do is provide a grant for states that want to institute new handgun licensing programs that adhere to the guidelines listed. With that said, the main issue here is still: do we want more stringent gun control or not?
Personally, I am not a believer that the 2nd Amendment gave us the right to firearms (but a militia, yes…I also think the idea of a militia is a bit outdated within the context of our modern warfare). At the same time, I don’t think we should ban firearms, though we should have some smart regulations.
I think licensing could be smart regulation, as long as the process isn’t unnecessarily onerous. What’s laid out in this bill seems to be relatively harmless, but I would want something in here saying that statistics will be kept on how long it takes someone from start to finish & states that take too long, to be penalized for it. I also think 21 should be 18 years old & that the 5 years for renewal should be more like 6-8 years.
Beyond licensing, though, one thing I really want is some kind of mandatory firearm training program if you want to buy/use a firearm. So if anyone who wants to buy a handgun, shotgun, rifle, etc, they have to get trained.
One last thought around guns: guns are not the problem. The root cause of the vast majority of firearm deaths & injuries in the US aren’t caused by the existence of them, but the people who wield them. The root cause of most firearm deaths & injuries is poverty, which I define as the lack of opportunity for a good, simple life. But that’s a different topic :).
I would want my representatives to vote YES on this bill!