Jan 152015
 

Most people think it’s a good idea to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICBCS) is a point-of-sale system for determining the eligibility of a person wishing to purchase a firearm. Licensed firearm dealers are required to use this system before selling a gun. The NICBCS system has blocked more than 2 million gun purchases attempted by prohibited buyers. These hopeful buyers included felons, dishonorably discharged veterans, domestic violence and stalking offenders, substance abusers, undocumented immigrants, those who have renounced their citizenship and the mentally ill. In 2012, the FBI conducted nearly 20 million background checks for prospective firearm buyers. Advocates say this number is but a fraction of the total number of people who purchased guns. An estimated 40% of all arms transfers take place between private parties who are not required to perform background checks. Advocates claim states that require background checks for private handgun sales had nearly 40% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. They also had nearly 50% fewer firearm suicides and gun trafficking offenses than states which do not require these checks. Other advocates worry background checks could create a gun-owner registry that could be someday used to confiscate weapons. Other opponents claim background checks are ineffective because our Justice Department declines to prosecute criminals who try to buy guns. In 2010, more than 76,000 firearm purchase applications were denied. Of these denials, 62 were referred for prosecution and only 13 resulted in guilty pleas or verdicts. Background check supporters acknowledge these shortcomings need to be fixed but say that checking the backgrounds of only about half of those attempting to buy a gun does nothing to improve public safety.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.137 – Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current firearm background checks policy and wish to defeat H.R.137

I support prohibiting a person who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to, or receiving a firearm from, another unlicensed person, except: through a licensed dealer, which shall conduct a background check through the NICBCS; prohibits an individual adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution from applying for relief from disability under the NICS Act on the basis that the individual does not meet the requirements under such definition, and wish to pass H.R.137

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Jan 152015
 

Gun buyback programs purchase privately-owned firearms to make homes safe from gun accidents and reduce the chance these weapons could be stolen in burglaries or otherwise lost. These programs are operated by both police and private parties. Recent studies show our nation has by far the largest number of legally owned firearms in the world. At 310 million guns, we are very near the point where there is one gun for every American. At least 100 people including 10 children are killed with firearms each day. Guns are used to kill more than 90% of all police officers murdered in the line of duty. Over $4 billion is spent each year on gun-related medical costs. Supporters claim gun buyback programs are successful in reducing the number of these tragedies. However, recent studies have questioned whether gun buyback programs are effective in lowering the number of guns in the communities they serve. Some studies have found there are just too many weapons in circulation for a difference to be made by removing a few. Undeterred, gun buyback supporters say that a life could be spared with “each gun, each bullet” that is removed from circulation.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.227 – Buyback Our Safety Act

I oppose reforming current gun buyback programs policy and wish to defeat H.R.227

I support making grants to assist in funding gun buyback programs carried out by state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement agencies which will adequately advertise the program to the public, such program will be administered by law enforcement personnel, all guns received will remain in the possession of law enforcement personnel, adequate safeguards will be established and followed to prevent fraud, the agency will have in place a process to test on site a gun purchased before payment is provided, and an adequate process will be in place to destroy all guns received; directs the Assistant Attorney General to enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to: develop standards for identifying guns that are the most likely to be used in violent crimes; and establishing a pricing scale for purchasing such guns through gun buyback programs; authorizes the Assistant Attorney General to waive all or part of the matching funds requirement for a program that provides for obtaining only such guns, and wish to pass H.R.227

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Jan 152015
 

A gun show is a temporary exhibition where firearms, accessories, ammunition, knives and literature are displayed, bought, sold, traded and discussed. Most gun shows are sponsored by hunting or sporting organizations. Except in a few states, background checks and sales transaction records are not required for guns purchased at these events. This situation is often referred to as the “gun show loophole.” In some years there are as many as 5,000 gun shows, flea markets and other organized events occurring around our country. Large shows may accommodate 1,000 dealers and draw up to 15,000 visitors. However, nearly half the time these gun shows are investigated, felons are associated with buying or selling guns. Juveniles purchase at least 10% of the guns they use in crimes at gun shows or flea markets. Studies have shown that representatives of the Irish Republican Army and Hezbollah terrorist organizations have shipped guns purchased at our gun shows to their native countries. Critics claim these events give felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill and others easy access to firearms. These buyers would not be able to purchase firearms if they had to pass background checks.

Pending Legislation:

S.22 – Gun Show Background Check Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current gun show policy and wish to defeat S.22

I support providing that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General; requiring registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors; grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act; increases penalties for serious record-keeping violations by licensees, and violations of criminal background check requirements, and wish to pass S.22

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