Should an individual who has committed a hate crime be prevented from purchasing guns?
This bill would prevent individuals who were previously convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes or who previously received enhanced sentences for misdemeanors because of hate or bias-related motives from purchasing guns. Sponsor: David Cicilline [D-RI-1]
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How do you feel?
• Robert Farago, a writer for The Truth About Guns, notes, “Haters have rights, too. Strip them of their right to keep and bear arms without proof of criminality and everyone’s rights go bye-bye.”
• According to Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “Hate crimes are multiplying at an alarming rate, with major metro areas seeing a 20 percent increase last year. Congress has a responsibility now to make sure those criminals can no longer act out on that hate.”