Blumenthal, Murphy In Bridgeport To Make Push For Gun Trafficking Laws

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\"blumenthalSens. 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.


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4 thoughts on “Blumenthal, Murphy In Bridgeport To Make Push For Gun Trafficking Laws

  1. Connecticut is Dying Too

    Are these guys going to do anything for this country besides these gun laws? Seriously.

    Rome is burning and Nerobama continues to play the fiddle. BOHICA America.

  2. sam

    This freaking ridiculas, is this all the taxpayers are paying these two for? Come on Blumenthal and Murphy enough with the anti gun photo ops and media attention. We know this is good for your campaigns to get re elected again and for campaign contributions, but how about you get back to washington and start to see if you can find 85 billion in waste so that this sequester doesnt hurt so bad on the rest of us poor common folk. We know even if the economy crashes you guys will still get your checks and benefits and pensions, but the rest of us may not be so lucky. Enough with your anti gun campaigning its time to start worrying a little more about the economy.

  3. Mr Cow

    As they sit in the building guarded by men with actual select-fire assault weapons they spew their hypocritical PC nonsense.

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