New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim introduced the Responsible Gun Ownership Licensing Act today which will require individuals to obtain a firearm license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in order to purchase or receive a firearm.
The legislation is endorsed by VoteVets, an organization that elevates the voices of veterans – a group of Americans who know better than anyone that weapons must be treated with respect and require proper training.
“Too many families have buried loved ones because of senseless gun violence and it’s long past time for Congress to find the courage to take action on this issue,” Kim said in a statement.
“I’ve heard from families across our state that we should prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands and take common sense steps like requiring background checks and a license to own a lethal weapon to make our communities safer and save lives. I’m proud to reintroduce this bill in the House and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in the Senate to get this passed into law so we can deliver the security and freedoms our families deserve.”
To obtain a federal firearm license, the Responsible Gun Ownership Licensing Act would require the following:
- Certification that the individual completed firearm safety training, which must include a written test and hands-on training to ensure safe use and accuracy.
- Completion of a criminal history background check.
The federal firearm license must be renewed every five years, with an additional background check and firearm safety training certification. The bill contains a mechanism for DOJ to revoke the license if the individual poses a danger to themselves or to others.
This legislation is the House companion to S. 4263, which was originally introduced by New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal on May 19, 2022.