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Jan’s Appearance on ABC 7’s Round Table on Gun Violence


Jan Schneider believes in sensible gun control/safety measures to abate gun violence.  Among other issues, weapons of war, and particularly AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, have no legitimate use in civilian hands

According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2023 the United States had 43,008 gun violence deaths, including 18,918 homicides and 24,090 suicides, plus another 36,370 injuries.  There were 658 mass shootings and 41 mass murders.  Of those killed, 298 were children and another 1,388 teens, with those injured numbering 640 and 3,871 respectively.

While respecting the Second Amendment, Jan favors the following measures:  universal background checks; closure of the internet, gun show and “Charleston” (3-day) loopholes; bans on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks for civilians; and restrictions on ownership by the seriously mentally ill, suspected terrorists (no-fly-no-buy) and persons under 21.  Jan also opposes concealed-carry reciprocity.

Such ideas are scarcely innovative. There was a federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) — officially known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — in effect between September 13, 1994 and September 13, 2004.  It included limits on magazines holding more than ten rounds.  The AWB survived several legal challenges, but Congress allowed the10-year ban to expire.

In June 2023, however, Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA).  This was the first major gun safety legislation passed by Congress since the Assault Weapons Ban.  The BSCA, among other things, expanded firearms background check requirements for persons under age 21, established new criminal offenses for straw purchasing and trafficking in firearms, and extended firearms-related restrictions to individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors.

Enactment of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act came a month after a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school killed 19 children and two adults.  That attack came ten days after a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket killed ten Blacks.

Jan believes the Safer Communities Act represented an important step forward in improving firearms safety.  Opponent >Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) voted Nay on the BSCA, despite having previously backed a more expansive gun control bill.  He also voted against the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, which would have extended the time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reply on checks from three to a minimum of ten days.

In the interest of full disclosure, Jan knows how to shoot.  She also has a concealed weapons permit.  


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