Leading Gun Safety Advocates Join Cicilline to Support Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act

Jan 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline, a founding member of the national organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns, today announced the introduction of the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act, H.R. 93.

“It is long past time for Congress to address the epidemic of gun violence afflicting our nation,” said Cicilline. “Closing the fire sale loophole is a commonsense first step Congress should undertake in order to prevent guns from getting in the hands of criminals and the seriously mentally ill.”

Under current federal law, gun dealers whose licenses are revoked may convert their inventory to personal collections, to be sold without conducting background checks on purchasers. The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act would end this dangerous practice.

“The time for a comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence is now. We thank Congressman Cicilline for his leadership on this issue and we believe he's identified a serious loophole that needs to be closed,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In addition to serving as the sponsor for this legislation, Cicilline also published a blog entry on The Huffington Post earlier this week about the need for Congress to act soon on a series of proposals to reduce the scale of gun violence in the United States, including the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act.

“Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns and it’s no surprise why – our current gun laws are riddled with dangerous loopholes that cater to criminals and leave our communities vulnerable to senseless violence. Congressman Cicilline has always been a leader in the fight to end gun violence in America, and we greatly appreciate his efforts on this critical issue,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Cicilline served as a co-sponsor of the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act in the 112th Congress when it was first introduced following the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and 13 others injured, including former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ).

Cicilline’s legislation has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary where it awaits further action. Already, H.R. 93 has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In addition, Cicilline’s legislation has attracted the support of several House Democrats, including:

Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Lois Capps (CA-24)
Michael E. Capuano (MA-7)
Judy Chu (CA-27)
Diana DeGette (CO-1)
Theodore E. Deutch (FL-21)
Michael F. Doyle (PA-14)
Donna F. Edwards (MD-4)
Sam Farr (CA-20)
Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-3)
Janice Hahn (CA-44)
Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
William R. Keating (MA-9)
Jim Langevin (RI-2)
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Edward J. Markey (MA-5)
Doris O. Matsui (CA-6)
Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5)
Gwen Moore (WI-4)
James P. Moran (VA-8)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-Delegate)
Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-9)
Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA-13)
Jose E. Serrano (NY-15)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY-25)
Niki Tsongas (MA-3)
Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)