A Federal Firearms License (FFL) allows a person or company to manufacture, import and sell firearms. These gun dealers are required to keep records of all firearm sales and transfers for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF). The ATF is allowed to inspect or request a copy of these records during the course of a criminal investigation. Gun dealers must also report the sale of two or more handguns to a person within five business days. It is known that a substantial number of these FFLs dealers engage in illegal gun sales or allow their guns to be stolen. Between 2008 and 2010 our ATF found that over 62,000 firearms were missing from licensee inventories with no record of sale. Between 2009 and 2011, it also identified over 16,000 firearms that had disappeared from the inventories of gun manufacturers without explanation. Licensed gun dealers are the original providers of all guns used in crime -with the exception of stolen guns or those straw purchased. In the mid 1990â€™s, ATF gun dealer reforms reduced the number of unethical weapons dealers in business. This coincided with a dramatic reduction in gun crime. Gun dealers who went out of business because of these federal reforms were found to have supplied about one-third of guns confiscated and traced by law enforcement agencies. This suggests that â€œleakageâ€ from FFL gun stores significantly contributes to our crime rate.
H.R.236 – Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current gun dealers policy and wish to defeat H.R.236
I support authorizing the Attorney General to inspect or examine the inventory and records of a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer of firearms to ensure compliance with recordkeeping requirements not more that three times a year (currently, not more than once a year) without reasonable cause and a warrant; authorizes the ATF to hire at least 50 additional personnel to carry out the additional inspections; increases to 5 years the term of imprisonment for knowingly making a false statement or representation in required firearms records; authorizes up to 10 years imprisonment for providing false statements or identification related to the sale or other disposition of a firearm or ammunition, or selling or otherwise disposing of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person is prohibited from possessing a firearm, and wish to pass H.R.236