Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Of 2015 Essay

976 WordsNov 20, 20154 Pages
The purpose of this memo is to ask you for your continuing support for H.R.1217-Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015 (also known as the National Commission on Mass Violence Act of 2015). H.R. 1217 design is to support the second amendment rights while providing a responsible and consistent background checking process prior to purchasing of a firearm. It also prohibits the sale of firearms to those listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In 2010 there were 14 million who people submitted background checks to purchase or transfer possession of a firearm resulting in 153,000 being blocked or prohibited from making a firearm purchase. Only 40% of firearm transactions occur through a licensed dealer hence an estimated 6.6 million firearm purchases’ occur through a private sale, a gun show, or the internet with no questions asked. Based upon these findings, there is a need for consistent and universal background checking for all firearm sales and transfers, thus aiding in reducing the number of firearms to persons that are at risk to harm themselves or others (Weinberger et al., 2015). The time is now to act for according to the Pew Research Center (2015) 85% of Americans support having private gun sales and gun shows subject to background checks. Gun Violence is a public health issue within the United States causing more than 32,000 people to die each year, which means approximately 88 deaths a day are because of
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