We Say No to the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015

Law Shield would like to alert our members to the recently filed federal legislation called The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015.

It is a remarkably Draconian assemblage of 2nd Amendment infringements.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD 8th District), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty  (D-CT 5th District), the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act authorizes a grant program at the Department of Justice to encourage states to establish permit-to-purchase requirements for all handguns, including at gun shows and with private sellers. This grant would help offset the costs associated with the development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs.

To be eligible, states must require individuals applying for a license to meet the following criteria:

— provide proof they are at least 21 years old and a lawful resident of the United States;

— apply for the license at a law enforcement agency within the state;

— submit to a background investigation and criminal history check;

— submit fingerprints and photographs with their application; and

— be eligible to purchase a handgun pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

The Van Hollen et al. proposal is nothing more than an attempt to buy-off states so they will enact more restrictive buying-and-selling hurdles than they currently require.

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