Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Rep. Carolyn Maloney on the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013
Transcript of press briefing remarks by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 on Feb. 5, 2013:
Thank you, Scott [Rigell], for your leadership on this and I must say it’s really great to have an NRA member standing with us on this important reform.
From New York, we always talk about the Twin Towers, but I always say the real Twin Towers are the police and fire who save the lives of so many on 9/11, and I want to thank the men and women in law enforcement and the men and women who are standing with us today.
For too long, we have been handcuffing the wrong people. We’ve made it very difficult for law enforcement to stop the flow of guns to criminals, and we’ve made it easy for criminals to get their hands on guns.
With this bill, we start turning this around so we can handcuff the real people and those are the criminals.
This bill, which is the first in history of bipartisan federal bill, will combat gun trafficking. It makes gun trafficking a felony, and it increases the penalty for gun trafficking and for straw purchasers.
When we were having hearings in the government reform and oversight committee on violence on the border, law enforcement testified that they don’t even bother to prosecute or capture straw purchasers because the penalties are so weak. It’s like a slap on the hand. So they asked us – really pled with us – to make gun trafficking a felony, to make it a crime, which is what our bill does.
This bill will keep guns or will certainly try to keep guns from criminals but it does not in any way affect the Second Amendment or affect the right of legal gun owners to own their guns and to have their guns.
My colleague, Scott, mentioned many aspects of the bill and, really, the terrible tragedy that happened in Webster, New York, just 10 days after the tragedy that happened at the elementary school in [Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut]. Under our bill, the straw purchaser would be facing 20 years in jail. So this puts teeth behind and an enforcement behind and gives law enforcement the tools that they need to make our country safer.
I’m telling you that the American people are really crying out for concrete steps to stem the gun violence in our country. They are crying out for us to work together, to compromise, to get something done, to protect our people, to take illegal guns off the streets. And this bill, with the help of my colleagues is an important step in the right direction.
- Oversight.House.gov: Bipartisan bill to combat gun trafficking
- Oversight.House.gov: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 introduced on Feb. 5, 2013 (PDF)
- Oversight.House.gov: SPECIAL REPORT: “OUTGUNNED: Law Enforcement Agents Warn Congress They Lack Adequate Tools to Counter Illegal Firearms Trafficking”
- WhatTheFolly.com: House lawmakers introduce bill to toughen penalties against “straw purchasers”
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