NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New gun safety legislation will be unveiled in Washington. All of it in attempt to ramp up pressure on congress to pass new laws, especially in the wake of several shootings.
Most recently in Oregon just last week, where nine people were killed at a community college. Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are part of a group of lawmakers spearheading this new legislation. They’re hoping to garner support from people across the country.
The bill focuses on several things like making current background checks stronger, shutting down the pipeline of illegal guns and closing loopholes. One of the loopholes currently in the system allows gun stores to go ahead with a sale even if the government has not finished a buyer’s background check within three days. The hope is to eliminate that rule. Senator Blumenthal spoke about it during a news conference less than a week ago.
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“We are quietly endorsing this mass slaughter by refusing to act in the face of mass shooting after mass shooting,” said Murphy.
Charleston shooter Dylan Roof was able to get his gun after his background check did not come back within three days. With this legislation, the hope is to prevent shootings like the ones we’ve seen across the country.
This is an issue that has two sides. There are many who feel that these tougher gun laws only affect honest, law abiding gun owners. And they argue that if many of these laws were in place before, they would not have prevent many of the mass shootings.