Jan 152015
 

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 1990’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 “leakage” from FFL gun stores significantly contributes to our crime rate.

Pending Legislation:

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

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Jan 152015
 

The transfer of firearms across state lines negates the efforts of officials attempting to keep guns out of their state and cities. Most of these guns have been stolen or straw purchased. Advocates say interstate trafficking flourishes because states regulate firearm sales differently and there is no federal limitation on the number of guns a person may purchase at one time. At least half a million firearms are stolen each year and more than half of these stolen guns are handguns, many of which are then sold illegally. Our ATF found that 1% of federally licensed firearms dealers were responsible for selling nearly 60% of the guns that are found at crime scenes and traced to dealers. Gun safety advocates say that gun traffickers, for their own selfish gain, provide deadly weapons to criminals at the expense of law-abiding citizens. They say this serious crime is largely responsible for the violence in many of our cities.

Pending Legislations:

S.179 & H.R.452 – Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current interstate firearm transportation policy and wish to defeat S.179 & H.R.452

I support prohibiting transferring two or more firearms to, or receiving two or more firearms from, a person in interstate or foreign commerce knowing or with the reasonable belief that such transfer, possession, or receipt of a firearm would violate a federal, state, or local law punishable by a prison term of more than one year; making false statements regarding an actual buyer to a licensed firearm importer, dealer, or manufacturer relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition of two or more firearms that have moved in or affected interstate or foreign commerce; directing, promoting, or facilitating such conduct; or conspiring to commit such conduct; authorizes an enhanced penalty for someone who organizes or supervises such conduct, and wish to pass S.179 & H.R.452

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Jan 152015
 

A straw purchase of a firearm occurs when an individual legally buys a gun and then gives it to another person who is prohibited from owning firearms. This is usually a federal crime. However, if a firearm is purchased as a gift, it is not considered a straw purchase and the buyer is regarded as the end user. A weapon purchased for another person, but not purchased from a gun dealer, is also legal unless the gun is used in a crime with the prior knowledge of the provider of the firearm. Surveys have shown that people attempt to illegally buy guns from dealers at least 35,000 times each year. Some of these illegal buyers convince gun dealers to keep transactions off the books. Some of these buyers also use stand-ins such girlfriends or wives to avoid background checks. Gun control advocates say the primary sources for criminals to get weapons are theft from private homes and straw purchases.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.404 – Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act

I oppose increasing penalties for firearm straw purchases and wish to defeat H.R.404

I support providing an additional sentence of two years imprisonment for violating the prohibitions against making false statements or misrepresenting identification regarding the acquisition of a firearm or ammunition knowing that the violation will further the transfer of two or more firearms to a person prohibited by law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm; or with the intent to conceal such person’s identity from the transferor; prohibits the court from placing any person convicted of such violation on probation; prohibits a term of imprisonment imposed under this Act from running concurrently with a term imposed on the person under any other legal provision; directs the Attorney General to issue regulations requiring any form required to be completed by the purchaser of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer to include a notice of the provisions of this Act, and wish to pass H.R.404

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