The Scoop: Durbin, Kirk Gun Trafficking Bill Named In Memory Of Hadiyah Pendleton
By Lynn Sweet – The scoop from Washington/Chicago Sun Times
March 4, 2013
WASHINGTON–The Senate is poised to move the first bill to curb gun violence since the Newtown massacre, named for Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton, with Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk among the chief sponsors.
The bipartisan measure cracks down on gun-trafficking and straw purchases of firearms to get around background checks — problems that have contributed to gun-related crimes in Chicago. At present, there is no federal law banning a person fronting a gun purchase to either sell or pass along the weapon to someone else.
“This bipartisan bill will crack down on the illegal trafficking of guns and impose strict punishments for straw purchasers. Buying a gun for another to use in a crime will mean a hard time-federal crime,” Durbin, a Democrat, said in a statement.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the bill on Thursday and it is expected to clear the panel and head to the Senate floor in April.
Although Congress is considering several other gun-related measures — including the more controversial proposals to ban assault weapons and limit the number of bullets in a magazine — the anti-trafficking/straw purchase crackdown bill will move as a stand-alone piece of legislation.
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