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NY Senator pushes to make gun trafficking a federal crime

If Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has her way, the federal laws associated with gun trafficking between states are going to get much tougher this year.

Dubbed the "iron pipeline", Gillibrand aims to stop individuals from bringing guns from states with more lenient gun laws - such as Georgia - to northern states like New York. According to WRVO-NPR News, Gillibrand states her proposed legislation would provide "actual authority to go trace a gun to the original buyer and seller in Georgia, and find out who bought the gun, who sold the gun, and hold them responsible for selling them in New York."

What we know about the legislation?

Despite the fact that three similar bills sponsored by Sen. Gillibrand have failed to gain traction over the last few years, she is optimistic her legislation will make it through the Senate this year.

The last version of the bill introduced last summer - the Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2015 - would have made it illegal to ship, transport or receive two or more guns across state lines, but only if the person involved knows, or has reasonable cause to know, that such actions are a felony. If this previous bill would have passed, alleged offenders would have faced large fines and up to 20 years in jail.

While it remains to be seen whether this legislation will actually pass this year, one thing is clear: many lawmakers wish to make New York's already strict gun laws even tougher.

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