Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch Introduces Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI-2), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI-4) introduced the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, which would strengthen accountability measures for gun dealers who engage in shady and unlawful sales practices.
According to a comprehensive report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, just five percent of gun dealers supply 90 percent of guns used in crime. These bad actor gun dealers engage in irresponsible and illegal behaviors, such as the falsification of records, employment of inadequate security measures, and the sale of guns to dangerous persons that they know are likely to do harm to themselves or others. By strengthening accountability measures and providing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with the tools it needs to enforce the law, this legislation targets the bad actors who are the source of so many guns on our streets.
“Tragedy after tragedy we are told that we don’t need any new gun laws, that we should just enforce the laws on the books. But in too many cases, we’ve seen that the laws on the books are practically unenforceable. The combination of stringent standards and depleted budgets put ATF inspectors in an impossible situation,” said Congressman Deutch. “Recent reports show that many gun dealers who illegally sell weapons to people who have proven that they are not responsible gun owners routinely get a free pass—even after repeated violations.”The text of H.R.6075 is available here.