- June 16 - The Violence Policy Center today warned that—unless amendments
pass to remove loopholes—the overall impact of the House leadership's
gun bill would be to weaken current gun laws. The rollback would be
even more serious if the bill includes an amendment sponsored by Rep.
John Dingell (D-MI) and supported by the National Rifle Association.
"At first, we
were worried about a lost opportunity for real gun control—but now
this bill would actually roll back current gun laws," said VPC Director
of Federal Policy Kristen Rand. "The NRA has turned this legislation
into a wolf in sheep's clothing. If this bill passes with no amendments,
it is a step backward for gun control. If it passes with the Dingell
Amendment, it is a giant step backward."
The VPC has issued
several fact sheets explaining the loopholes in the bill and the Dingell
Amendment. Among the most serious problems:
Follow this link
to view the fact sheets.
- The broad definition
of a gun show guts the background check requirement.
- The bill undermines
the 30-year-old ban on interstate gun sales—a cornerstone of current
gun law—and the Dingell Amendment weakens it further.
- The bill reduces
the amount of time in which law enforcement must complete a gun
show background check, and the Dingell Amendment shrinks it further.
- The definition
of a child safety device renders the "gun lock" requirement null
and void, while the lack of standards allows "junk locks" to qualify.
- The bill's
child access prevention section, holding adults liable for the misuse
of guns by children, weakens the law in at least 11 states.