Democrats in the Senate have introduced a new bill that required all new FFLs to submit a security plan to the federal government as part of the application process. Current FFLs would be required to abide by new restrictions as well.
The SECURE Firearm Storage Act of S. 2908 was introduced by Senator Dick Durbin and will mandate certain security measures at gun shops to allegedly prevent thefts. S. 2908 will allow the US Attorney General to institute a new set of regulations for gun stores across the country and those stores found to break these new regulations will be subject to major civil penalties and the suspension and revocation of their licenses.
Every gun grabber in America came out of the woodwork to support this piece of legislation. S. 2908 is currently being co-sponsored by seven Democrats in the Senate and a companion piece of legislation has been introduced in the House. The gun control lobby has come out to endorse this bill, groups like the Center for American Progress, Everytown, and the Giffords group have all come out to mark this bill with their seal of approval.
Mark Oliva, the public affairs director for the National Shooting Sports Foundation told Guns.com in a statement “Senator Durbin and Congressman Schneider propose to create mandatory federal firearm storage requirements for firearm retailers not so they can improve security in communities but to mandate unaffordable incurred costs that will drive these owners out of business.”
A major issue with this legislation is that it is adding more regulation to an already over-regulated industry. A lot of these security measures are already in place in gun stores around the country and they were put there voluntarily. The issue with making these measures regulations is that not every security measure is the right security measure for a location, and as we often see with government regulation some of the mandated security measures may actually be nonsensical or redundant.