Congressional Democrats Move to Institute New Jersey Style Gun Control

Bill comes less than a week after woman was murdered while waiting for gun under similar restrictions

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Woman with gun / AP

Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would implement a more restrictive process for obtaining a handgun nation wide.

The bill, called the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015, comes less than a week after a New Jersey woman was killed while waiting for approval to buy a handgun under similar restrictions. If enacted, the bill would require Americans attempting to buy a handgun "provide proof they are at least 21 years old and a lawful resident of the United States; apply for the license at a law enforcement agency within the state; submit to a background investigation and criminal history check; submit fingerprints and photographs with their application and be eligible to purchase a handgun pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act," according to a fact sheet published by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md).

Despite support from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn), Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn), and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D., Conn), the bill is unlikely to pass either the House of Representatives or the Senate.