On Wednesday, two Democrats, one in the House and one in the Senate, brought forth legislation that would create a federal firearms licensing system that would register all gun sales and transfers.
For the fourth time in 11 years, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act; he had already introduced a form of the bill in 2007, 2009, and 2013. According to Rush’s website, the bill would “prohibit unlicensed gun-ownership and transferring or receiving firearms without a valid firearms license, as well as direct the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.” It would also require universal background checks for all purchases or transfers of firearms.
Rush said, “Americans are demanding that Congress take real action to prevent gun violence and we must address this issue head on and do our part to prevent the senseless mass killings and shooting deaths in cities across this nation.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who introduced a similar version of the bill in the Senate, added, “We owe it to the countless and growing number of firearm violence victims to take action. I don’t want my daughters to have to grow up in a country that won’t protect them from firearm violence, which is why I’m proud to join Congressman Rush in this effort and we will keep pushing until all of America’s children are safe.”