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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces SAFER Now Act

Mar 28, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces SAFER Now Act

Beatty bill will keep firearms out of the wrong hands and take most dangerous guns out of circulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the many marches that occurred across the country to demand action to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools and communities, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced the Safer America for Everyone Right (SAFER) Now Act, H.R. 5410.  If enacted into law, the SAFER Now Act will improve background checks on gun purchases, ban assault weapons and bump stocks, and better prevent firearms from falling into the wrong and/or dangerous hands.

Currently, there is broad, bipartisan consensus that we need to improve our nation’s gun laws. In fact, recent polling finds that 97 percent of Americans support universal background checks, 70 percent support stricter assault weapons laws, and overall two in three Americans want stronger gun laws.

“I refuse to sit on the sidelines as more and more of our fellow citizens are injured or lose their lives—it is time for Congress to act,” Beatty said. “Americans are demanding action because every day another family’s world is turned upside-down from gun violence.” Beatty continued, “That is why I am proud to introduce the SAFER Now Act and am ready to work with Democrats and Republicans alike to help put a stop to this senseless violence.”

Among H.R. 5410’s provisions, the bill would:

  • Prohibit gun sales before the completion of a background check, closing a loophole that allows transactions to go forward if a background check takes longer than three days.
  • Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.
  • Authorize the use of federal grants to buy back semiautomatic weapons, taking them off the street once and for all.
  • Close the “gun show loophole,” so sales at gun shows are subject to background checks and treated like other firearm transactions.
  • Make firearm trafficking a violation of federal criminal law.
  • Keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers.

The SAFER Now Act has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and is awaiting further consideration.