Jan 152015
 

Many people believe the number of tragic youth shootings and suicides in our nation could be significantly reduced by making guns less accessible to children. Each year, about 1,500 American children under 18 are killed and thousands more injured in accidental shootings. About a third of all families with children now keep a gun in the house. Gun safety advocates warn us that guns should be kept unloaded and stored in safes or securely locked away at home. Many parents believe their children are unaware of where they keep their guns. However, studies have shown that most children over 11 know where their parents store their guns and ammunition. We often hear of small children tragically shooting themselves or their siblings with family-owned guns. In Kansas, a seven-year-old boy fatally shot himself in the head with his father’s handgun during a shooting trip. A six-year-old Florida girl was critically wounded after being shot by her 13-year-old brother while they were home alone. A three-year-old toddler in Arizona fatally shot himself in the face with a gun he had found in his grandmother’s handbag. Safety advocates say gun manufacturers should provide storage and lock devices when selling a firearm. Technology has now made available personalized firearm locks to prevent unauthorized use. These locks, built into the weapon, include push-button combination locks and locks that identify fingerprints, voice or a bracelet worn by the weapon’s owner. One manufacturer offers guns equipped with this type of lock but when a dealer attempted to market it, second amendment supporters quickly convinced him not to.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.65 – Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current child access to guns policy and wish to defeat H.R.65

I support raising the handgun eligibility age to 21 and prohibiting those under 21 from possessing semiautomatic assault weapons or large capacity ammunition feeding devices; increasing penalties for a second violation by a juvenile for an act that, if committed by an adult, would be a serious violent felony; prohibits any licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to any consumer unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device; prohibits keeping a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm and ammunition within any premises knowing or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access to it, and wish to pass H.R.65

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Jan 152015
 

The ATF’s National Trace Center (NTC) is our nation’s only firearms tracing facility. It provides gun ownership and trafficking information to law enforcement agencies and tracks the intrastate and international movement of firearms. The 2004 “Tiahrt Amendments” is a law that drastically limits the ability of ATF and other law-enforcement agencies to use and disseminate trace data. Trace data is used to link guns found at crime scenes to manufacturers, dealers that originally sold the weapon and the identity of the weapon’s owner. Tiahrt barred ATF from disclosing any trace data to the public, shielded trace data from subpoena in civil actions and prohibited this data from being admissible as evidence in legal proceedings. Gun safety advocates say this information is basic to analyzing gun crime data and trends. They say it could help police departments track down sellers of illegal guns and reduce crime. Gun group advocates say that repealing the Tiahrt Amendment would lead to a rash of lawsuits against gun dealers.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.431 – Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current firearms reporting policy and wish to defeat H.R.431

I support declaring that the contents of the Firearms Trace System database maintained by the National Trace Center shall not be immune from legal process, shall be subject to subpoena or other discovery, shall be admissible as evidence, and may be used, relied on, or disclosed on the same basis as other information in a civil action in any state or federal court or in an administrative proceeding; amending the federal criminal code to prohibit national instant criminal background check system records from being destroyed until after 90 days after the system assigns and provides a firearms licensee with a unique identification number for the transfer, set forth penalties for the willful violation of an inventory reporting order by a firearms licensee, and prohibiting, and wish to pass H.R.431

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Jan 152015
 

By law, all manufacturers must make their products as safe as possible. This is especially true if their products are likely to come into contact with children. However, our gun industry may be the only exception to this rule. In 2005, we passed the ‘Protection of Lawful commerce In Arms Act’ which gave our gun industry immunity from negligence and product liability claims. Critics say we need to hold gun makers to the same standards as other industries, making them responsible for bad practices and negligence. This negligence includes repeated customer complaints about a popular pump-action shotgun which has been accused for many years of inadvertently discharging -despite having the safety on. This condition has been responsible for injuring and killing several people. While publicly blaming these “accidents” on the operators, this manufacturer reportedly duplicated the problem in its own tests and identified a simple solution to correct it years ago -but still has not implemented this solution. Advocates say this delay would not have occurred if the manufacturer had been held responsible for allowing such a dangerous situation to continue. Gun industry critics say that for many years these companies have made their firearms more powerful, able to shoot faster, carry more ammunition and easier to conceal. They say gun makers should also have been improving their product’s safety and limiting those who have access to them. They claim gun manufacturers have the ability to make guns safer but having amnesty from lawsuits gives them little motivation to do so. Critics also accuse the gun industry of deliberately distributing firearms in a way that gives criminals and juveniles easy access to guns. They claim the treat of lawsuits is the only way to compel this industry into behaving more responsibly.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.332: Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act

I oppose reforming current gun manufacturer liability policy and wish to defeat H.R.332

I support prohibiting a court from dismissing an action against a manufacturer, seller, or trade association for damages or relief resulting from an alleged defect or negligence with respect to a product, or conduct that would be actionable under state common or statutory law in the absence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, on the basis that the action is for damages or relief from the criminal, unlawful, or volitional use of a qualified product, and wish to pass H.R.332

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