July 17, 2018

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Hold Gun Dealers Accountable for Illegal Gun Sales

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said today that he has joined his Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure gun dealers are not engaging in illegal sales and provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with clear enforcement mechanisms.

Gun violence deserves more than just thoughts and prayers, it demands real action by Congress,” Wyden said. “This legislation takes a long-overdue critical step in the right direction, holding gun dealers accountable for illegal sales, reducing the number of guns that fall into the wrong hands.”

The Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act would authorize increased inspections of gun dealers to ensure compliance standards are met, increasing penalties for serious offenses, and strengthening the Department of Justice’s authority and discretion in enforcing gun laws.

Additional cosponsors of the bill include Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Text of the legislation can be found here.