BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Elected officials and members of the law enforcement community in Connecticut gathered Monday morning to push federal gun trafficking legislation.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have co-sponsored a measure that would impose stiff penalties against buyers and sellers involved in illegal trafficking of firearms.
Background checks are required for those who buy guns, but the senators have proposed harsher restrictions on so-called straw purchases, which skirt the rules.
“The problem is that there are thousands of straw purchasers out there who go into a gun store and buy weapons, then turn around and sell them to people who are not legally allowed to own a gun,” Sen. Chris Murphy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “Right now, it is not specifically illegal to traffic in guns – buy them from a licensed dealer and then turn around and sell them to people that shouldn’t own guns. The legislation we’re talking about today would make it a very specific crime to illegally traffic in guns.”