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Meng Presses Biden on Gun Laws

Congresswoman pushes to close glaring loophole in gun control laws.

Meng Presses Biden on Gun Laws

She's working fast, but don't accuse her of shooting from the hip.

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Flushing, is wasting no time getting down to business in Washington. In her first act as a member of the 113th Congress, Meng said Friday morning she plans to introduce legislation to close the gun "fire sale" loophole.

The fire sale loophole allows gun dealers who have their licenses revoked to claim their inventory as a personal collection, making it legal to sell without an FBI background check. 

Meng also wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden — in his role as head of President Barack Obama's Gun Task Force — urging him to include the bill as part of any proposed package of gun control laws. 

“The horrific tragedy Newton as well as other mass shootings across the country underscore the need for additional gun control laws,” Meng said in a statement. “It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of those who should not possess them. My bill as well as other reasonable and common sense gun laws would go a long way towards accomplishing that critical goal.”

Meng isn't the first Queens Democrat to put forward a bill to close the fire sale loophole. Her predecessor, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, introduced the same bill after the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011, according to Politico.

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