U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, was to introduce Webster Firefighter Ted Scardino today at a bipartisan forum in Washington on gun trafficking prevention.
Scardino was wounded Christmas Eve when a gunman opened fire on first responders sent to put out a car fire in a Webster neighborhood. The weapon used in the incident was obtained by the shooter through a “straw purchase,” in which someone buys firearms for someone else to avoid a criminal background check.
Scardino will testify about the Webster incident and his support for H.R. 452, The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, legislation to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties for “straw purchasers” who buy guns for convicted felons and others who are prohibited from buying guns on their own.