Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch Introduces Buyback our Safety Act
Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) reintroduced the Buyback our Safety Act, legislation to create a modestly-funded pilot program at the Department of Justice aimed at bolstering local gun buyback initiatives nationwide.
The Buyback our Safety Act authorizes a new matching grant for local law enforcement agencies to seek funding to offset the cost of their buyback programs. The bill requires the Department of Justice to report back to Congress on the success of the grant program.
“We need a multifaceted response to our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and gun buyback programs launched by local law enforcement agencies that get illegal guns off the streets should be part of that conversation,” said Congressman Deutch. “The Buyback our Safety Act creates a matching grant program to help localities offset the cost of these initiatives as well as reporting requirements aimed at providing Congress with a greater understanding of buyback programs’ effectiveness as a tool at reducing gun violence in our communities.”
The text of H.R. 445 is available here.