The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law on June 25, 2022 after more than 25 years of inaction on gun safety. Jan Schneider deems the new law an encouraging but weak start; it did not require universal background checks, ban assault weapons or large-capacity magazines or enact other commonsense measures needed to reduce gun violence.


Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) voted against even this mild measure.

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Jan respects the Second Amendment and even has a Concealed Carry Permit. 


Nevertheless, she believes that Congress should:


(a) expand and enforce more rigorous, universal background checks in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – including by closing the gun show, online sales, Charleston (a/k/a default proceed, delayed denial or 3-day), stalker (dating partner) and hate crime loopholes;


(b) revive the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and add certain weapons readily susceptible of conversion to fully or near-fully automatic (in particular, AR-15 style weapons);


(c) likewise ban high-capacity magazines and “bump stocks;


(d) restore the regulation requiring the Social Security Administration to send records of severely mentally ill beneficiaries to NICS;


(e) prohibit suspected terrorists from purchasing guns (“no-fly-no-buy”);


(f) repeal the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields dealers and manufacturers that negligently sell or manufacture guns;


(g) get rid of the 2004 Tiahrt Amendments, which restrict release of gun trace data except to law enforcement officers or prosecutors;


(h) oppose the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act repeatedly introduced in Congress, which would allow any individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm in one state to do so in any other state that allows concealed carry;


(i) provide incentives for states to adopt red-flag laws, which allow guns to be temporarily confiscated from people deemed dangerous by a judge;


(j) fund gun safety/violence and mental health research; and


(k) require reporting of stolen weapons. Such measures should be added to existing prohibitions against various categories of potentially dangerous people, including criminals (particularly violent felons), dishonorably discharged military personnel and mentally ill persons.