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New bill could require gun shops to meet minimum security requirements

May 13, 2019 05:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The federal government may soon require gun shops to beef up security to prevent burglaries that put guns on the street illegally or face serious consequences.

Congressman Morelle announced new legislation Monday in Rochester requiring gun shops meet at least minimum security requirements like locked cabinets, video surveillance and site hardening.

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This comes on the heels of two burglaries in one week in 2017 at Chinappi's Firearms and Supplies in Parma and seven burglaries over 10 years.

The store is now closed.  

The measure would require employees at gun shops to pass the same background checks as gun buyers. Gun shops would have to list the firearms it sells and take inventory every year to see if any guns are missing. If gun shops fail to meet the requirements, owners could risk a suspension or revocation of their dealer's license. 

"You've got multiple burglaries, hundreds of guns leaving a store in Parma," said Sheriff Todd Baxter, Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "We all know where those guns will end up...God forbid they end up in the inner city or shooting one of my law enforcement partners. That scares the heck out of you. So when you look at it, you have those isolated cases...there's not teeth behind the law."

"We came up with what I think is a very common sense approach to making sure that illegal guns don't make it into our streets. I'm excited about it. It's going to be a top priority for me," said Morelle. 

Morelle says 30 percent of guns used in crimes have been stolen. He calls it an epidemic and says he will lobby his colleagues in Congress to make these requirements the law across the nation.

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