Democrats Want DOJ To Approve Gun Owners Before They Can Buy

( On Thursday, three senators intend to introduce legislation that will make it necessary for residents to obtain a license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before purchasing or otherwise obtaining a firearm within the law.

Additionally, the bill would increase the minimum age of legally purchasing a firearm to 21 years old.

The legislation was initially proposed by Senators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) (D-Conn.).

However, it does provide a sense of the breadth of restrictions on gun access that some lawmakers would favor imposing in the wake of years of mass shootings across the nation. This legislation has virtually no chance of becoming law, given the opposition from the Republican Party.

On Saturday, a lone gunman opened fire inside a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people. The supermarket was located in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The shooter had previously published a racist screed that suggested he had targeted African Americans.

The bill’s text states that to obtain a license to purchase a firearm, residents will be required to demonstrate that they have completed a written examination on firearm safety and a hands-on exam, which will include a firing examination.

In addition to submitting proof of identity, criminal background checks, and fingerprints, individuals who wish to purchase a firearm will be required to present this license.
Booker stated in a statement that this is the time to “enact ambitious legislation” regarding this ongoing issue. The statement was given to Politico, the publication that first reported the legislation.

Booker said in a statement that this is the moment to enact ambitious legislation – as a nation, we must rise to it, or we are fated to witness the deadly scenes of this past weekend and years past all over again.

“This is the moment to enact ambitious legislation,” Booker said.

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