Congress considers legislation to encourage handgun permit laws

Susan Haigh from the Associated Press reports:

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation announced Thursday they have introduced new federal legislation to encourage other states to develop handgun permitting programs similar to the system currently operating in Connecticut.

The proposed “Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act” would authorize a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Justice. The funding would help states offset the cost of developing and implementing initiatives that require individuals seeking a handgun license to apply at a law enforcement agency in their state. Applicants would also have to submit to background checks and fingerprinting, prove they’re at least 21 and a lawful U.S. resident, and be eligible to purchase a handgun under federal law.

Connecticut has had a similar handgun licensing law in place since 1995.

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