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Monte E. Frank, JD Biography

Title:
Attorney and Legal Advisor to Newton Action Alliance
Position:
Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
Reasoning:

“Let’s ignore this vocal fringe group, some of whom openly advocate treason (in violation of article 3 section 3 of the constitution). Instead, Americans must come together to call for Congress to put politics aside and pass common-sense measures that the majority of Americans, including gun owners, support…

[W]e need to ban military-style weapons and 30-round magazines, so that when the next unstable individual slips through the cracks in our healthcare system, their ability to access an assault weapon won’t be easier than buying a beer…

[A] federal anti-trafficking bill that includes real penalties for ‘straw buyers’ is imperative, since firearms are being transported through many states. A strong bill will dry up the ‘iron pipeline’, the supply of cheap and plentiful firearms into our cities…

Finally, universal background checks would help reduce the risk of a firearm ending up in the hands of a criminal, a person affected by mental illness, or a terrorist. Currently, under federal law, a person on our terrorist watchlist can buy the Bushmaster AR-15 – the weapon used at both the Sandy Hook elementary school and at the Aurora movie theater – in a private transaction, without any questions being asked.”

“We Need Lawmakers to Enact the People’s Will on Gun Control,” www.theguardian.com, Sep. 11, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Principal Attorney, Litigation and Municipal Groups, Cohen and Wolf
  • Legal Advisor, Newtown Action Alliance, a gun control group
  • Education:
  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1993
  • BA, magna cum laude, Cornell University, 1990
  • Other:
  • Lives in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • Twitter handle: @MonteFrank1
  • Has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR
  • Avid cyclist who represented the United States at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?