LATEST SENATOR CASEY
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), introduced legislation to reduce gun violence by cracking down on thefts from federally-licensed firearms dealers. A companion measure was introduced in the House by Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) in July.
“Congress can’t keep failing at its most basic obligation to keep America safe,” said Senator Casey. “This legislation is a commonsense approach to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and improve gun-tracing investigations. Gun theft from firearms dealers is a serious issue in Pennsylvania, and by addressing it at the source, we can help keep Pennsylvanians safe from violent crime.”
The Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective (SECURE) Firearm Storage Act addresses the growing prevalence of gun thefts from federally-licensed firearms dealers. In 2016, these gun dealers reported 558 burglaries, an increase of 48% since 2012. A total of 7,488 guns were reported stolen during these burglaries, an increase of 73% since 2012. These stolen guns frequently end up being used in crime; one study found that between 2010 and 2015 over 9,700 guns recovered in crimes had been reported as lost or stolen from gun dealers.
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