A measure to combat illegal gun trafficking cleared its first hurdle in the Senate Thursday. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in an 11-7 vote, with all Democrats and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley voting in favor of the measure. Sen. Blumenthal is a member on the committee and a co-sponsor of the legislation.
The Stop Illegal Trafficking Act of 2013 is the first gun control measure voted on in Congress since Newtown. It would crack down on illegal trafficking and outlaw the practice of ‘straw purchasing’, when one person purchases a gun for someone prohibited from owning one. The bill would provide resources for law enforcement to investigate and prosecute illegal practices and would create sanctions for anyone who buys a gun with the intent to sell it to someone else.
Gun control advocates say federal action to outlaw trafficking is necessary to reduce gun violence throughout the states.