Rep. Lipinski Cosponsors "Public Safety and 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act"
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that he has signed on as a cosponsor of the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1565), the House version of a Senate amendment, negotiated by Sens. Joe Manchin (WV-D) and Pat Toomey (PA-R), that will strengthen background checks on gun purchases and help prevent convicted criminals and mentally ill individuals from obtaining guns, while protecting the Second Amendment.
"Like all Americans, I have been saddened and troubled by the widespread incidents of gun violence that have claimed the lives of so many innocent people. While I recognize that many factors contribute to this complex problem, such as inadequate access to mental health care, family breakdown and the proliferation of violent media, I believe that there are some commonsense answers that do not infringe on the Second Amendment," Rep. Lipinski said. "The bipartisan legislation I am supporting would improve upon the existing system of background checks, establishing a first line of defense against guns falling into the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill, but respecting the rights of law-abiding Americans."
Introduced Tuesday, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act mirrors bipartisan legislation in the Senate crafted by Sens. Manchin and Toomey. Their legislation is intended as an amendment to the broader public safety legislation currently being debated in the Senate.
The bill would close the so-called gun show loophole by expanding background checks to include firearms sales made at gun shows, online, and through classified ads, with some exceptions made for transfers between friends and family. The legislation would require background checks on all commercial sales to be conducted through a federally licensed dealer with access to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In addition, a national commission would be created to study what triggers acts of mass violence. Also included is increased funding to incentivize states in submitting relevant mental health records to the NICS, as well as penalties for states that fail to comply with certain benchmarks in making records available to the NICS.
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