The Senate is moving on legislation that would prevent the federal government from requiring states to provide guns to all of their residents, unless it’s specifically authorized by the states.
The measure, sponsored by Sens.
Patrick Leahy Patrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Biden hits GOP for ‘weak’ Kavanaugh comments Senate Dems want Trump to stop tweeting about Kavanaugh MORE (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGrahamGOP divide over Kavanaugh, race to the nomination Under fire: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s accusers | Kavanaugh confirmation faces fresh skepticism This week: Kavanaugh nomination set to begin with senators grilled MORE (R-S.C.) would require that the Department of Justice consider the impact on the availability of gun permits, the types of firearms the person possessing the gun might be legally entitled to, and the ability of the state to enforce the gun law.
States would be required to submit the final version of the legislation to the Senate by March 3.
It’s unclear whether any senators would support the measure.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would allow states to make changes to existing gun laws.
The legislation, from Sen. Chris Coons Christopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGOP senators introduce bill to repeal ‘gun show loophole’ on medical marijuana Senate Democrats unveil first legislation in wake of mass shooting Coons: Democrats are in no hurry to act on guns’ gun control bill Republicans move to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate, but not universal background check law MORE (Del.), is expected to be reintroduced next week.
The legislation would require federal law enforcement agencies to report information on the type of gun that was used in crimes in a “comprehensive” way to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
It would also require the Department to compile a report on “whether or not the person to whom a firearm is transferred has ever been adjudicated a mental defective, whether the person has ever committed a violent felony, whether a domestic violence protective order has been issued against the person, whether any court orders have been suspended or revoked, whether there is a restraining order in place against the individual, and whether there has been an attempt to commit suicide.”
If an individual is deemed to be in a state of imminent danger of harming themselves or others, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be allowed to seize the firearm, a request that has been made before by the White House.
The bill would also give states the option to deny a federal gun license to any individual if they are found to be “dangerous to themselves, others, or property,” or if they have a history of domestic violence, drug abuse, or domestic violence restraining orders.
Senators voted in January to pass a similar bill to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people with mental illness.