Rep. Morelle Introduces Gun Control Measure Aimed at Stores
By Spectrum News Staff
Irondequoit Congressman Joe Morelle (D-25) is taking aim at gun stores in new legislation he says would reduce the number of legal guns falling into the hands of the wrong people.
Morelle’s Gun Theft Prevention Act specifically targets gun shops and those who are repeatedly burglarized.
Morelle said his bill would hold gun dealers accountable for failing to keep their inventory safe. Morelle used Chinappi’s Firearms and Supplies in Parma as an example.
That shop was burglarized seven times since 2007, and twice last year alone. The congressman said under his plan, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would have the authority to suspend, or even revoke, the shop’s firearms license.
“If it’s a modest violation, we’ll work with people to repair that and make sure that they meet the standards, but obviously people who willfully violate what those new standards will be are going to be in danger of losing their license and losing their livelihood,” Morelle said.
Other pieces of the proposed law include requiring all gun shop employees to clear a background check, increase dealer inspections, and require gun owners to report a stolen firearm.