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Mass. Gun bill introducted.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, May 16, 2013.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    Gun fingerprinting again - and it's retroactive.

    Tierney files safe-gun legislation .

    By Dan Mac Alpine<br>
    Ipswich Chronicle<br>
    Posted May 15, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

    Ipswich — This April a 6-year-old shot and killed a 4 year old while playing with a handgun in New Jersey. In Ohio, a 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself while playing with his father’s loaded handgun. A 4-year-old shot his aunt, the wife of a Tennessee sheriff, with a gun he found in the home.

    These three cases are examples of the 32,000 total accidental handgun deaths in the United States annually.

    Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, hopes legislation he filed today, Wednesday, May 15, the Personalized Handgun Safety Act of 2013, will slash the death toll.

    “A child or teen dies or is injured by a gun every 30 minutes; a child or teen is killed by a gun every three hours and 15 minutes. The personalization technology required by Congressman Tierney’s bill will help to prevent these tragedies,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund.

    Within two years of passage, the legislation would require handgun manufacturers to equip all their weapons with a personal identification system that only allows the gun owner to fire the gun.

    Within in three years of enactment the bill would require any used handgun sold to be retrofitted with a personal identification system.

    Tierney estimated such systems would add about $20 to the price of a handgun.

    The legislation would also provide research and development grants to further develop the technology and to defray the cost of the personalized identification or smart technology.

    “It’s a common-sense approach,” said Tierney in a phone press conference on the legislation. “It’s a real chance to see guns are made safer. I hope colleagues will join in on that.”

    Tierney said 12 of his House members had already expressed an interest in co-sponsoring the bill.

    “The biggest threat to safety of children regarding guns is not school safety,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “It’s the guns they find around homes.”

    Even though smart gun technology saves James Bond in “Skyfall,” the technology isn’t the stuff of science fiction or movie fantasy. It’s reality, today, say advocates of the legislation.

    “In 1995 the technology was available,” said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence.

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