Congressman Sires Supports Common Sense Gun Control Legislation
(Washington, D.C.) – This week, in the wake of the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas that claimed dozens of lives, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues to introduce H.R. 3962, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, led by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and H.R. 3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
“Like many Americans across the country, I continue to be deeply troubled by the proliferation of gun violence and mass shootings in our country. We cannot afford to sit in silence as the gun control epidemic plaguing our country continues to grow” stated Rep. Sires.
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act would place limits on online ammunition sales by requiring federally licensed ammunition dealers to verify the identity of individuals who arrange sales over the internet. It would also require vendors to report sales of over 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days to the U.S. Attorney General if the purchaser is not a licensed dealer.
The Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act would ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks. Bump stocks, like the ones used in Las Vegas, can be attached to a semi-automatic weapon to allow it to fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute, essentially producing the rate of fire of a fully automatic weapon. While fully automatic weapons are highly regulated, the sale of bump stocks is not.
“After the tragic loss of life in Las Vegas, I once again call on my colleagues in Congress to enact long-term reforms to save lives and prevent these deadly weapons from getting into the hands of those who wish to harm others. These two pieces of legislation are commonsense measures that will make our country a safer place by regulating the online sale of ammunition and banning bump stocks. It is my hope that Speaker Ryan will listen to the call of the American people and bring necessary gun violence legislation to the House Floor for a vote.”