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Congressman 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.

Gina December 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
What does he plan to use to pay for this program if the fiscal cliff is not avoided?
Jamela Sweets January 01, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Yeah, that will work. What a joke. Gun buyback programs have NEVER been shown to reduce voilence in any form. People take junk guns that don't even work any more to make a few bucks... When are people going to get the message. START by spending that money, my money by the way, on better access to mental health. QUICK ATTACKING THE MEANS AND START ATTACKING THE PROBLEM!
Dezri Dean January 01, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I would love to know exactly how many of these "elitist nannies" own guns and have concealed carry permits!
P.J. January 02, 2013 at 12:03 AM
1) sell my old rusty shotgun to the state for 300% of it's value. 2) buy a shiny new shotgun with the (taxpayers) money. 3) laugh all the way to my safe. 4) profit!!
Jamela Sweets January 02, 2013 at 12:16 AM
And one other thing. Do these ivory tower people really think that some lunatic planning a mass murder or the gang bangers or the drug dealers are going to give up their guns for a few extra bucks? Really? Lunacy!

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