Reiterating her stand that Congress has a duty to close legal loopholds that allow "dangerous individuals to commit violent acts with guns," Minnesota U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum said Tuesday in a press statement that she supports the following legislative measures:
H.R. 137 – The Fix Gun Checks Act: Ensures that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale. [Signed on January 14, 2013]
H.R. 138 - The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act: Prohibits the transfer, importation, or possession of high capacity magazines manufactured after the bill is enacted. This bill allows individuals who currently own the devices to legally retain possession but works to prevent the spread of the devices by making it illegal to transfer them to another individual. [Signed on January 8, 2013]
H.R. 93 – The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act: Amends chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms, and for other purposes. [Signed on January 7, 2013]
In a press statement, McCollum said the preceding pieces of legslation are "aimed at making our communities safer while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners." She contended the measures are needed because of the recent rash of mass shootings.
"In 2012, our country suffered 16 mass shootings with 151 fatalities," said McCollum, who represents Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District, which includes Roseville. "The brutal trend is a symptom of a larger problem: widespread gun violence."