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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 28, 2018 03:20 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Gun Violence

The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida has once again raised awareness of the dangers that military-grade firearms and their associated accessories and modifications pose to innocent victims. This travesty has reinvigorated the national demand for strong gun safety laws and regulations at the state and federal levels to protect students and the general public.

While the perpetrator of the atrocity in Parkland, Florida obtained the firearms used in that crime from a licensed dealer and passed a criminal background check at each point of purchase, it has raised awareness of loopholes in gun laws.

Illegal firearms proliferation, and violent crime associated with it, continues to plague residents across the United States as demonstrated by the scores of deaths ranging from police officers and innocent bystanders to the victims of domestic abuse.

To address and attempt to limit the availability of illegally obtained weapons, I intend to reintroduce legislation to require lost or stolen firearms be reported to local law enforcement authorities within 24 hours. This bill was previously introduced as SB 810 from 2013-2014 and was co-sponsored by Senators Kitchen, Farnese, Williams and Hughes.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation to help ensure public safety.

Introduced as SB1162