Three Senate Democrats plan to introduce legislation that would require residents to obtain a Justice Department license before buying a firearm.
The bill, crafted by Sens. Cory Booker, Bob Menendez, and Richard Blumenthal, would also raise the legal age for obtaining a firearm to 21 years old.
The Hill reports:
According to the bill text, the Federal Firearm Licensing Act will require residents to complete a written firearm safety test and hands-on testing, which includes firing testing, to get the license to acquire a firearm.
The license will also require those wanting to buy a gun to submit a criminal background check, fingerprints and proof of identity.
In a statement to Politico, which first reported the legislation, Booker said this is the time to “enact ambitious legislation” on this ongoing issue.
“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,” Booker said in a statement.
The bill is nearly certain to fail due to Republican opposition but underscores the extreme lengths some Democrats will go to in regard to gun control legislation.