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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois


Gallego, Kelly, Quigley and Norton Introduce the Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act

Sep 21, 2015
Press Release

Today Congressman Ruben Gallego, along with Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) introduced the Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act. This bill would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a voluntary code of conduct for licensed gun dealers and create a national “Good Neighbor” certification for gun dealers who abide by a certain set of requirements.  In addition, the legislation would encourage DOJ to do more to both investigate unscrupulous firearms retailors and identify where crime guns are sold — an effort that, in time, will help local residents to name and shame the “bad apple” gun dealers in their area.

The legislation aims to address the relatively small number of irresponsible gun dealers in America who sell the vast majority of the guns used in crimes. For example, every day, on average, more than 10 prohibited people obtain a firearm because a dealer refuses to wait for a full background check to be completed.

Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) said, “The Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act will encourage gun dealers to adopt best practices and help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. This bill will also give consumers more information about their local gun dealers so they can make an informed decision when choosing a gun retailer.” He added, “Gun violence is a big problem in Arizona and throughout the country, we must hold gun dealers to a higher standard of conduct and name and shame the bad apple dealers that are making our communities less safe.”

“It is no secret that Chicago is plagued by gun violence – but this is not just a Chicago issue. It seems like every day we receive breaking news on the latest tragic shooting. Congress needs to act now to stem the flow of illegal guns, and the Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act is a great place to start. By awarding certifications to responsible dealers, the Department of Justice would help to encourage firearms sellers to adopt best practices for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this issue and seeing it through the House,” said Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2) said, “One of the surest ways to reduce gun violence is to deny sales to those who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a gun. It’s time that gun dealers take responsibility for their products, which have real and deadly consequences when placed in the wrong hands. The Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act is a common-sense way to not only hold bad apple gun dealers responsible but also acknowledge gun dealers that abide by federal laws. It’s a simple bill that can save countless lives.”

Robin Kelly



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