From Representative Dan Goldman’s office:
Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10) joined Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) to introduce the Choosing Our Own Lives Over Fast Firearms (COOL OFF) Act. The bill would institute a national waiting period of three business days for all handgun sales.
“It’s not too much to ask that someone purchasing a handgun wait three days to receive it, especially if that waiting period might save someone’s life,” Congressman Dan Goldman said. “Waiting periods are commonsense measures that are shown to reduce rates of gun homicides and suicide deaths. When our families and our children remain terrorized by the scourge of gun violence, we must adopt these easy, commonsense solutions that are proven to work and create safer communities for everyone.”
Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia have waiting periods on some or all gun sales. Waiting periods have been shown to reduce gun homicides by 17 percent and suicide deaths by at least seven percent.
Combating gun violence and holding gun manufacturers accountable are foundational to Congressman Goldman’s work to make our communities safer. In February, the Congressman cosponsored a package of gun violence prevention legislation including an assault weapons ban, a bipartisan bill to require background checks for all firearm sales, and Ethan’s Law, to require safe firearm storage to protect children and others from unsecured firearms.
In March, Congressman Goldman called for an end to the bump stock loophole, making it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess the firearm modification that enables shooters to fire semiautomatic rifles continuously with one pull of the trigger, similar to a fully automatic weapon.
Last week, Congressman Goldman cosponsored a package of legislation that both establishes a federal “red flag” program and strengthens state and local efforts through the creation of grant programs to support the implementation of extreme risk protection order laws.
Additionally, he cosponsored the ‘End Gun Violence Act’ to prohibit individuals convicted of a violent misdemeanor from purchasing handguns or ammunition for five years after conviction and cosponsored a resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis in America.