Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today introduced the â€œNRA Membersâ€™ Gun Safety Act,â€ a measure he says would strengthen vulnerabilities in gun safety laws.
The bill would implement five common-sense gun safety reforms that polling shows are supported by at least 63 percent of NRA members, Moran said.
â€œThe NRA as an organization is out of step with its membership on many common-sense gun safety measures. Polling shows nearly two-thirds of NRA members support the five simple ways to improve gun safety included in this bill,â€ Moran said. â€œThe NRAâ€™s absolutist position on gun issues is an impediment to the safety and security of the public. This legislation is designed to highlight that schism, offering popular proposals even NRA members support to prevent more gun-related tragedies.â€
Research by Republican pollster Frank Luntz shows the five gun safety reforms in this legislation received overwhelming support from both gun owners and NRA members, according to Moran. The provisions, several of which are drawn from gun safety legislation introduced by Democratic lawmakers, also enjoy support from gun safety advocates.
Specifically, the provisions in the legislation would:
- Require background checks for every gun purchase (74% NRA member support);
- Require background checks on gun shop employees (79% NRA member support);
- Prohibit individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71% NRA member support);
- Require gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64% NRA member supports); and
- Establish minimum standards for concealed carry permits (63-75% NRA member support for each standard)
â€œThe NRA has an opportunity to be proactive in the face of the Newtown tragedy, playing a constructive role in protecting the public in ways that do not undermine the 2nd Amendment in the eyes of their own membership,â€ Moran said.
Currently, there are between 250 million and 300 million guns estimated to be owned by Americans. Each year, approximately 100,000 people in America are shot with a gun, and over 10,000 are murdered using a firearm.
According to the Childrenâ€™s Defense Fund, in 2008 and 2009, 5,740 children â€” â€œone child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 55 every week for two yearsâ€ â€” were killed by guns.