HR 7910 : Protect Our Kids Act
Position: Support Status: US Senate
This bill makes various changes to federal firearms laws, including to establish new criminal offenses and to expand the types of weapons and devices that are subject to regulation.
Among the changes, the bill:
-generally prohibits the sale or transfer of certain semiautomatic firearms to individuals who are under 21 years of age;
-establishes new federal criminal offenses for gun trafficking and related conduct;
-establishes a federal statutory framework to regulate ghost guns (i.e., guns without serial numbers);
-establishes a framework to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises at the federal, state, and tribal levels;
-subjects bump stocks to regulation under federal firearms laws; and
-generally prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, and possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices (more than 15 rounds).
HR 7910 passed the House and is now waiting in the US Senate
Congresswoman Bonamici and Congressman Blumenauer both voted to support HR 7910. Congressman Kurt Schrader was one of only two Democrats in the US House who voted against this bill. (Kurt Schrader lost to Jamie McLeod-Skinner in a primary election in May.)
HR 7910 is a great step in the right direction but much more is needed to be done. The United States must have a comprehensive plan if we are to significantly reduce gun violence nationwide. The US has an estimated 400 million firearms in civilian hands. Our country is about 4% of the world’s population but we own about 45% of all the civilian firearms. Clearly, more guns is leading to more gun violence.