Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the federal government to speed up the process of tracking purchases of guns and ammo.
The effort is aimed at large-scale purchases of both firearms and ammo. A couple months ago, merchant category codes were approved to be implemented for gun retailers. The codes would be similar to those that differentiate purchases at gas stations, restaurants, and other stores.
Getting the institutions to report the purchases is a priority, Gillibrand says, who is asking for the federal government to specify guidelines for financial institutions, law enforcement, and retailers.
The goal is to make sure suspicious firearm purchases are being identified.
“While no two instances of gun violence are the same, this is the common-sense solution to an absurd and unnecessary problem. Implementing a merchant category code for gun stores is just one of the many tools at our disposal to stop the spread of gun violence,” Gillibrand said. “But it is a critical one and countless lives of Americans depend on it.”
Republicans have argued that the sales code for gun merchants or purchases infringes on gun owners’ constitutional rights.
FingerLakes1.com is the region’s leading all-digital news publication. The company was founded in 1998 and has been keeping residents informed for more than two decades. Have a lead? Send it to [email protected]