Federal Legislation

Since the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured, both the Senate and the House have taken NO ACTION to prevent gun violence in our nation.

Hearing Protection Act
President trump’s son is advocating for the deregulation of silencers.  Gunfire is an important safety feature of any firearm. From potential victims who seek to escape a mass shooting to a hiker being alerted to the presence of a hunter in the woods, the sound warns bystanders of potentially lethal danger. Gunfire is also a critical way to protect our law enforcement, the rank and file police officers who are on our streets every day.  Yet gun advocates insist there is a greater danger: hearing loss by gun owners.  This Act would remove federal registration and identification requirements for those seeking gun silencers and will sweep aside background check and record-keeping requirements such as photos and fingerprinting.  Women Against Gun Violence is rightly skeptical about the claim that the purpose of the act is to protect the hearing of gun owners and instead believes that without the “Obama is coming to take your guns” fear driven marketing ploy another marketing approach has been deemed necessary by gun manufacturers and their lobbyists.   Proliferation of silencers (suppressors) will boost gun sales because most existing guns do not have the threaded barrels necessary to attach them.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
National Reciprocity legislation will guarantee that people with concealed-carry permits from one state could take their guns into any other state, even if that state has stricter limits on carrying concealed weapons.  Introduced by Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC), a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 , a sweeping approach that will force states to allow residents with a concealed-carry permit issued in another state to carry and will also allow gun owners from states that do not require concealed-carry permits to carry weapons in states that do require permits.  Hudson’s bill includes a loophole for gun owners who can’t obtain a concealed-carry permit in their own state. “Under Hudson’s bill, a California resident who cannot get a concealed-carry permit in California can easily get one from Utah, and then carry guns in California without ever setting foot in Utah, and not for some short duration like a tourist stay, but for the rest of his life and every day,” explains Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles and a 2nd Amendment expert. “The real impact of the Hudson bill is not to protect interstate travelers. It’s to require states with restrictive concealed-carry policies to allow their own residents to carry guns.”

Safe Students Act
Gun-free zone signs may soon be a thing of the past in American public schools. A group of Republican representatives have proposed the Safe Students Act in an effort to overturn gun ban policies on school grounds across the country.  Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie is the sponsor of the Safe Students Act. He is leading the charge to ban gun-free zone policies at public schools throughout the United States. The Safe Students Act is also known as H.R. 34.