Summary: The bill expands the categories of persons who are prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm. Specifically, it prohibits firearm sale or transfer to and receipt, possession, shipment, or the transport of a firearm by a person (1) who has been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime, or (2) who has received an enhanced hate crime misdemeanor sentence. (Cosponsors, Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 01/15/20.
STATUS: Introduced 05/14/19 by Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Over and over again we have seen what happens when a convicted white supremacist, white nationalist, or neo-Nazi is able to purchase a gun,” said Cicilline, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “This bill closes the Hate Crimes Loophole and makes it much harder for someone to give voice to their hatred in a volley of gunfire. It’s just common sense. If you’ve been convicted of a hate crime, you don’t get to buy a gun. Full stop.” (Source: Rep. Cicilline, Press Release, 05/15/19)
- In addition to bills that would ban high-capacity magazines and encourage states to pass red flag laws, the House is now considering a measure to block people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from obtaining firearms. (The Trace)
Link to the text of the bill.
Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.