Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy will be in Bridgeport Monday morning to make a push for federal gun trafficking legislation.
Advocates have said that gun trafficking laws prohibiting ‘straw purchases’ (when a lawful gun owner buys a gun for someone prohibited from owning one) are crucial to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Currently no such law exists.
‘Law enforcement officials have consistently called for a firearms trafficking statute to be effective to go after these straw purchasers,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Blumenthal, Leahy, and Sen. Dick Durbin co-sponsored the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013. That bill, which currently sits before the Senate Judiciary Committe, would make straw purchasing a federal crime.
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, a vocal gun control advocate, will also be at the press conference, as will Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella. Leahy said at a Judiciary Committee meeting last week the bill came at the recommendation of law enforcement.