|Posted:||December 8, 2020 09:24 AM|
|From:||Representative Perry S. Warren|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Background Checks for Firearms|
|According to a 2017 study, 22% of U.S. firearm owners purchased their most recent firearm without being subjected to a background check. However, according to the Giffords Center to Prevent Gun Violence, states with comprehensive background check requirements had 48% less gun trafficking, 38% fewer deaths of women shot by intimate partners, 17% fewer firearms involved in aggravated assaults per capita, and 63% fewer mass shootings by individuals who were prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The statistics are clear. Comprehensive background checks protect the lives of American citizens without depriving any lawful gun owner of Second Amendment rights. For this reason, my legislation will eliminate the “gun show loophole” in the Commonwealth to ensure that all firearm sales must be subject to a background check. The legislation would not require a background check for firearms transfers between direct family members.
Please join me in keeping our communities safe and protecting all residents of the Commonwealth from firearm violence.
Introduced as HB235