Dems Push Mandatory Permits for Handgun Purchases
By Chris Eger
The bill was proposed by lawmakers from Connecticut and Maryland where a permit-to-purchase is required before a handgun can be bought. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Democrats on Capitol Hill have debuted a proposal to help mandate that those who want a handgun first be approved for a permit.
The legislation, backed by Dems in both the House and Senate, would encourage more states to adopt licensing schemes like Connecticut’s handgun purchasing law, which requires a special renewable permit to purchase any revolver or pistol. Dubbed the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, the bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut along with U.S. Reps. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn and Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
“States require licenses to drive a car in order to protect public safety – requiring a license to buy a handgun should be a no-brainer,” said Raskin.
The proposed legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to establish a grant program to help states develop and implement permit-to-purchase requirements for all handguns including those rented, bought or transferred in private sales or at gun shows. The grant program proposed would require that a state’s PTP law require applicants to be fingerprinted and photographed