ACP Action Alert: Urge Your Senators to Vote "Yes" on H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act before the End of this Congress!
On June 8, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R. 7910) – a comprehensive set of measures to reduce gun violence in this country. ACP strongly supports key provisions in this legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase certain firearms, increase penalties for gun trafficking, establish requirements for safer storage of firearms, ban large capacity magazines, and strengthen policies to prevent the use of ghost guns. See ACP’s letter of support to House leadership. We are calling on ACP advocates to join in this effort by urging your senators to pass this important legislation before the end of this Congress.
Background: The recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa, among others, show that Congress can no longer afford to wait to act to protect our citizens from the ongoing threat of additional firearms-related violence. According to the most recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “in 2020, there were 45,222 firearm-related deaths in the United States – that’s about 124 people dying from a firearm-related injury each day. More than half of firearm-related deaths were suicides and more than 4 out of every 10 were firearm homicides.”
For more than two decades, ACP has called for common sense policies that would help reduce the number of injuries and deaths stemming from firearms. In 2019, ACP joined with 41 other leading organizations in a joint call-to-action that called for evidence-based solutions to mitigate firearms violence. We are pleased that many of the proposals included in our most recent policy paper on firearms violence prevention were also included in the Protecting Our Kids Act and we call on the Senate to act now to pass the following policies to reduce the danger of injury and death from gun violence.
Specifically, H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act would:
- Raise the lawful age to purchase a semiautomatic centerfire rifle from 18 to 21 years old
- Establish a new federal offense for the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity magazine, with exceptions for certain law enforcement uses and the possession (but not sale) of grandfathered magazines; allow state and local governments to use the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to compensate individuals who surrender large capacity magazines through a buyback program
- Establish new federal offenses for gun trafficking and straw purchasers and authorize seizure of the property and proceeds of the offense
- Establish voluntary best practices for safe firearm storage and award grants for Safe Firearm Storage Assistance Programs
- Establish requirements to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises; create criminal penalties for violation of the requirements
- Build on ATF’s regulatory bump stock ban by listing bump stocks under the National Firearms Act and statutorily banning the manufacture, sale, or possession of bump stocks for civilian use
- Build on ATF’s regulatory ban of ghost guns by ensuring that ghost guns are subject to existing federal firearm regulation by amending the definition of “firearm” to include gun kits and partial receivers and changing the definition of “manufacturing firearms” to include assembling firearms using 3D printing.
Action Requested: Please call your senators today and urge them to pass H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act. A sample call script has been provided for your convenience.