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WASHINGTON – Today, Everytown applauded Rep. Joe Morelle (NY-25) for introducing the Gun Theft Prevention Act, legislation that would require gun stores to use security requirements such as locked cabinets,video surveillance, site hardening and other necessary access controls, while authorizing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to hire an additional 650 employees to conduct gun dealer inspections and enforce the law.
“Too many gun sellers are failing to take common-sense precautions to keep thieves from stealing their potentially deadly merchandise,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown. “We applaud Representative Morelle for introducing legislation to ensure that gun dealers fulfill their most basic responsibility: keeping guns out of criminal hands.”
In addition to requiring increased security at gun stores and giving ATF more tools for enforcement, the legislation would:
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs