|A Message From Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth|
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Dear Neighbors of the 8th
I’m deeply disappointed that the Senate recently failed to pass common sense gun reforms and I’m urging my colleagues to take up this issue again soon.
It’s time for common sense legislation that will prevent gun violence, including tragedies like Newtown. While I will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of marksmen like myself, there are immediate steps we can take that will keep our children, schools and communities safe.
First, we need to be better at tracking the sale and purchase of guns and make sure that any loopholes around background checks are closed. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to keep guns out of the hands of those who have a prior criminal record or potentially threatening mental health issue.
We also need harsher penalties for those who steal guns or illegally purchase them for others. That is why I am a cosponsor of the bipartisan Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which makes gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthens penalties for straw purchasers, or those who purchase firearms for someone who is prohibited from owning them.
Finally, we need to limit access to weapons that can kill a large number of people in just a few seconds. Military assault weapons belong on the battlefield; not in our communities. While any proposed legislation must properly define these weapons, the Supreme Court has made it clear that reasonable limitations such as on high-capacity magazines are fully consistent with the Second Amendment.
I know that carrying a gun is a serious responsibility. It should be reserved for law-abiding Americans; not those who pose a clear danger to public safety.
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Member of Congress