Gun Reform - National Firearms Act
Dr. Horvath strongly opposes efforts to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act. Under this Act, gun silencers can only be legally obtained through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Silencers are not readily issued and require a complete background check process and registration of the silencer with federal law enforcement to reduce the number of crimes committed with a silencer.
Silencers are able to stop the sound of gunshots leading to less bystanders reporting gun crimes. It also impedes law enforcement's capability to rapidly respond to gun violence. If these restrictions relating to the sale of silencer is lifted, it may prove easier for those who cannot successfully pass an ATF background check under the National Firearms Act to obtain these gun accessories that mask potential gun related crimes. Lifting these restrictions will also diminish the ability of our County's law enforcement to effectively fight crime using technology tools such as ShotSpotter, a real time gunshot detection and alert system. There are over 100 cities nationwide that utilize this type of system.
As your 50th Congressional District Representative I will support restrictions to gun silencers while increasing the use of technology and cyber terrorism techniques to reduce incidents of gun violence and death. This will support our law enforcement community to be able to create an ongoing safer living environment for our communities.