What is House Bill H.R. 226?
This bill would prohibit the sale or transfer of firearms or ammunition to anyone who is either has, or there is "reasonable cause "to believe the person has:
Been convicted of a violent crime within the previous 10 years;
Is under age 25 and committed an offense that would have been a violent crime if they had been tried as adults;
Has been convicted on two separate occasions within a three-year timespan in the preceding 10 years of an offense related to the distribution of alcohol or a controlled substance;
Has been convicted of stalking.
Any person who fits the above categories would be prohibited from:
Shipping or transporting in interstate or foreign commerce, or possessing in a commercial capacity any firearm or ammunition;
Receiving any firearm or ammunition which has been subject to interstate or foreign commerce.
People who’ve been convicted of violent crimes or are suspected of having previous convictions on their record, plus people and businesses who would sell or transfer guns and ammunition.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 226
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: Currently this bill has 12 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.
Of Note: If you define a "mass shooting" as an incident where more than four people have been shot — in the 1,004 days from January 1, 2013 there has been a mass shooting every single day.
As with anything else, there are many sides to the gun control issue. For a pretty excellent summation of two popular viewpoints (with very visceral experiences), check out this segment
from "This American Life."
Summary by Eric Revell
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Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act
To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the sale or other disposition of a firearm to, and the possession, shipment, transportation, or receipt of a firearm by, certain classes of high-risk individuals.