The Hill: Gun trafficking bill faces tough slog in Senate

Jordain Carney for The Hill reports:

A bipartisan group of senators want to crackdown on the ability to move guns illegally across state lines.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have introduced legislation that they say will help law enforcement go after gun traffickers.

They argue, in a release from Durbin’s office, that there isn’t currently a law focused on preventing someone from driving into a state with stricter gun laws, “parking their car in a parking lot, and selling hundreds of firearms out of their truck.”

The bill would make it illegal to buy two or more guns if the buyer knows, or suspects, that it would be illegal for them to do so, as well as sell or transfer two or more guns if the seller knows, or has reason to be believe, that it would be illegal for the buyer to own a gun.

….While Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for expanded background checks in the wake of the South Carolina shooting last month that killed nine, Republicans have shown no appetite for moving forward on gun control ahead of an election cycle that will see them battling to defend 24 Senate seats.

Instead, Senate Republicans say that lawmakers should take time to reflect in the wake of the shooting, strengthen mental health legislation or instead crack down on sanctuary cities.

Read the full story at The Hill.