Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut House of Representatives member, wants residents to turn their “assault weapons” over to the government in exchange for a tax credit. DeLauro plans to re-introduce the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education for our Streets Act (SAFER) in an effort to curtail ownership of semi-automatic rifles.
Rosa DeLauro had this to say about her SAFER Act and desire to get so-called assault weapons “off the streets” of America:
“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.”
DeLauro has stated multiple times publicly that she wants stricter gun laws and a complete ban of what she had deemed assault weapons and “high-capacity” ammunition. Rose DeLauro one of many Democratic lawmakers who routinely refers to semi-automatic rifles, such as the popular AR-15, as assault weapons.
The SAFER legislation would offer up to $2,000 in taxpayer-funded tax credits for gun owners who turn their semi-automatic rifles into the government, via their local police station. Rosa DeLauro originally introduced the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education for our Streets Act after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012. The semi-automatic rifles exchange plan did not garner passage in the Republican-controlled House. Although both the Senate and the House are now under Republican control, DeLauro still plans t introduce the assault weapons tax credit exchange program again next week.
Rose DeLauro said that SAFER will help “get more assault weapons off the streets.” The Connecticut Representative reportedly plans to announce the new gun law in conjunction with National Public Health Week. All of the co-sponsors of the semi-automatic are Democrats and include Betty McCollum of Minnesota, Raúl Grijalva from Arizona, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Keith Ellison, also from Minnesota, Eric Swalwell of California, and David Cicilline from Rhode Island. Where the money for the taxpayer-funded gun turn-in tax credit would come from, remains unclear.
“These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora and countless other mass shootings across America,” Rosa DeLauro also said. “And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They have no place on the streets or in our homes.”
The SAFER Act will not likely be supported by Second Amendment advocates, even though it is a voluntary program.
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