Velazquez Reintroduces Bill Addressing Gun Smuggling, Improving Safeguards
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), concerned with the continued proliferation of gun violence nationwide, has reintroduced a bill that would address the “iron pipeline” of guns smuggled across state lines to locations with more lenient gun laws. The bill, titled The Stopping the Iron Pipeline Act of 2021 would establish a national standard for weapon identification technology installed within firearms, enabling law enforcement to trace the origins of guns connected to criminal activity.
“Our nation has suffered from excessive gun violence for far too long. Even as states strengthen their regulations and increase enforcement, illegally smuggled weapons can and will find their ways into our homes, schools, and places of work through the hands of someone with ill intent.” said Velázquez, “We must take clear, meaningful steps to crack down on illegal gun sales. My bill will help law enforcement track down weapons used to commit crimes and hold owners to a higher level of responsibility for managing their own arms.”
In addition, the bill includes provisions for current firearm owners, mandating that they must make a report to local law enforcement in the event of the theft or loss of their weapon. Failure to do so within 48 hours will result in a penalty of $10,000, a year in prison, or both.
A PDF copy of the bill is available online here.