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Connolly Urges $200 Million Gun Buyback Program

Forty House members sign letter backing proposed program added to any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal.

A letter co-written by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th), and signed by 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urges Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support an immediate $200 million gun buyback program in any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal.

Connolly, whose district includes the national headquarters for the NRA, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida authored the letter to the House leaders. 

“Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation,” Connolly and Deutch said in a “Dear Colleague” to House members. “Adding $200 million to the final compromise on the fiscal cliff could remove as many as one million guns from our streets.” 

Including the gun buyback program as a way to reduce gun violence, the congressmen said including it in any year-end deal “is a simple, immediate step we can take to assure the public we are committed to taking meaningful action.”

Connolly and Deutch said federal financial support to help local communities and states conduct buyback programs could also bolster local economic activity. “Distributing funding to the states to run buyback programs using prepaid debit cards with a three-month expiration date could provide a jolt to local economies that have stagnated in the wake of the recession and concerns over the fiscal cliff.”

“The murder of 20 youngsters and six educators in their classrooms has galvanized the public’s desire for immediate action, and partnering with the states on a nationwide gun buyback program is a modest, common-sense start,” the two congressmen said.

It's not certain if there is enough support on Capitol Hill for any new gun laws. Although President Obama called for Congress to show “courage” to consider new gun-control laws, he faces challenges with "members of his own party who have a history of cowering from the gun debate," the National Journal points out.

joe brewer December 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Wonderful, I think I will get rid of my older guns that do not shoot as many bullets as the new weapons and buy some new guns. Thanks for the free upgrade Connolly! Excutive Order Ban all automatic gun sales unless the buyers are law enforcement. Now we created the best gun sale market there is.
Robert Dyer December 25, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hopefully the free spending Rep. Connolly intends to use his personal $200 million to buy those guns. There wouldn't be any criminals or others with evil intent selling their guns.
Dave Webster December 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Gun buyback programs have most certainly not been "proven successful in communities across the nation," if by "proven successful," Mr. Connolly means a reduction in gun-related crime. With regard to a jolt to the economy, will taking money from Citizen A under Congress' taxing power to give it to Citizen B in order to destroy some property held by Citizen B actually be an overall benefit to the economy? It doesn't seem likely. Connolly claims this program will alleviate some concerns over the fiscal cliff. He doesn't explain how throwing a wrench into the fiscal cliff negotiations at the last minute will alleviate concerns of Americans over the uncertainties regarding whether a deal can be reached.
Big_Ed January 02, 2013 at 11:52 PM
This is a great way for criminals to fence their stolen weapons and motivate them to steal more. How many of the guns were used in crimes? Guess we'll never know since they will be accepted, no questions asked, and will be destroyed.

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