Mass Shootings Renew Call For Safe, Sane And Sensible Gun Violence Prevention
GUN VIOLENCE CONTINUES TO DISPROPORTIONATELY PLAGUE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: NAACP URGES CONGRESS TO ADOPT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS; A BAN ON MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH CAPACITY AMMUNITION CLIPS; AND OUTLAW STRAW PURCHASES.
- Require universal background checks on all gun sales: to date, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has prevented nearly 1.8 million criminals and other prohibited purchasers from buying guns; yet currently as many as 40% of all guns are sold to individuals without the benefit of a background check due to a loophole in the law;
- Ban military-style semi automatic assault guns: assault weapons are military-style weapons of war, made for offensive military battlefields. They are weapons of choice for gangs, drug dealers, police murderers and mass killers and have no place in civilized society.
- Ban high capacity ammunition clips: High capacity ammunition clips allow shooters to shoot as many as 100 bullets before stopping to reload. In the cases of numerous mass shootings, killers were stopped only when they were forced to pause to reload their weapons ; and
- Enact tough new criminal penalties for straw purchasers and gun traffickers: Some straw purchases are small: A person buys one or two guns for a convicted criminal, or someone with a history of mental illness or domestic abuse, who would never get through a background check. Other purchases are larger: Gun traffickers recruit buyers with clean records to assemble arsenals to sell on the black market or transfer to drug cartels. Under current law, there is no specific statute that makes it illegal to act as a straw purchaser of any size of firearms.