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FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO COMBAT ILLEGAL GUN SALES

WHEREAS, recent research indicates that 24 percent of the gun industry’s production finds its way into criminal activity within eight years of manufacture; and

WHEREAS, a new Northeastern University study shows that 90 percent of the increase in homicides from 1985 to 1993 involved crimes with handguns; and

WHEREAS, contrary to previous assertions that guns involved in criminal activities were generally obtained illegally, it has now been demonstrated that the bulk of guns involved in criminal activities were obtained legally or through straw buyers; and

WHEREAS, a number of other local governments throughout the country have also filed lawsuits against the gun industry alleging negligent marketing, design and distribution of guns in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the gun industry has maintained these practices pending judicial action on the numerous city lawsuits resulting in continued illegal sales or straw purchases of guns,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that while the cities’ litigation is working its way through the judicial process, The U. S. Conference of Mayors supports federal legislation to combat illegal trafficking in firearms that would:

    Prohibit an individual from purchasing more than one handgun per month; Make it unlawful for a gun seller to sell a gun to an individual if the seller knows, or has a reasonable cause to believe, that the individual intends to use, possess or transfer the firearm unlawfully; Require gun dealers and/or sellers to report a record of all gun sales to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms within one week of the sale. These records would then be required to be retained by ATF for 10 years and would be open and available for Federal, state and local law enforcement officials to prevent crime and to investigate crime after it has occurred.

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