The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun rights advocates are fighting back against Democrats over a controversial legislative proposal that they say would restrict access to handguns.
If passed, people would be required to obtain a license before purchasing certain firearms under the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, which was introduced Thursday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a trio of Connecticut lawmakers.
The legislation also seeks to expand background checks to all handgun sales and block people under the age of 21 from purchasing those firearms.
States could refuse to implement the handgun regulations, but would risk losing federal funding for doing so.
The Hill reported:
Though the legislation stands virtually no chance of passing the Republican Congress, the NRA expressed outrage at the proposal, calling it an attempt by Democrats to “delay and deny” gun purchases.
“They cannot ban guns because of the Constitution, so they want to make it so difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to self-protection,” said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker.
“Someone should send them a copy of the Constitution — specifically, a copy of the Second Amendment,” she added.
The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act would zero in on handgun purchases, but exempt rifles and other types of firearms.
It is backed by a study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research that found handgun licenses dramatically reduce homicide rates.
“Of the thousands of Americans murdered every single year by firearms, nearly 90 percent of those deaths occur with a handgun,” Van Hollen said. “With mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends dying every day because of guns, there is no question that gun violence is tearing at the fabric of our communities.”
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