Democrats Push Requirement that Would-Be Gun Buyers First Get License from DOJ

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A group of Democrat senators is pushing to require would-be gun buyers to first acquire a license to purchase from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The group of Democrats is led by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and they are pushing the Federal Firearm Licensing Act, Politico reported.

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are joining with Booker to secure the Act, which would require Americans who wish to buy guns first get a license from the DOJ.

The Associated Press

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Act states, “It shall be unlawful for any individual to purchase or receive a firearm unless the individual has a valid Federal firearm license.”


Sen. Richard Blumenthal (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/Zach Gibson)

Politico noted, “The DOJ license would require both a written firearm safety test and hands-on training, a criminal background check and submission of fingerprints and proof of identity. The license would only be available to people over 21 years of age, essentially raising the age of gun ownership to 21.”

Booker released a statement alluding to Saturday’s attack in Buffalo, saying, “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 over again.”

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