Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to make it unlawful for any person to operate a gun show unless such person:... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. GUN SHOW BACKGROUND CHECK.

(a) Findings.--The Congress finds that-- (1) approximately 5,200 traditional gun shows are held annually across the United States, attracting thousands of attendees per show and hundreds of Federal firearms licensees and unlicensed firearms sellers; and (2) gun shows at which firearms are exhibited or offered for sale or exchange provide a convenient and centralized commercial location where criminals and other prohibited persons obtain firearms without background checks and without records that enable firearm tracing. (b) Definitions.--Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(36) Gun Show.--The term `gun show'-- ``(A) means any event at which 50 or more firearms are offered or exhibited for sale, exchange, or transfer, if 1 or more of the firearms has been shipped or transported in, or otherwise affects, interstate or foreign commerce; ``(B) does not include an offer or exhibit of firearms for sale, exchange, or transfer by an individual from the personal collection of that individual, at the private residence of that individual, if the individual is not required to be licensed under section 923; and ``(C) does not include an offer or exhibit of firearms for...

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502 Supporting
3589 Opposing
12% 88%

State: CA

52 Supporting
231 Opposing
18% 82%

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H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows and would also place new restrictions on gun show operators (including new record keeping requirements). The bill also gives the Attorney General the ability to enter during business hours any place where a gun show operator operates a gun show takes place and “for purposes of examining the records … and the inventory of licensees conducting business at the gun show” with no reasonable cause or warrant required.

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The "gun show loophole" is a myth. There is no loophole. The private sale and transfer of firearms is unregulated, just as the private sale between two individuals of all other goods are unregulated. Anytime a company is involved with the sale or transfer of a firearm, a form is completed and a background check is performed. Criminals do not typically purchase firearms and gunshows, and this legislation will do little to stem the tide of gun violence in the country.

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H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows and would also place new restrictions on gun show operators (including new record keeping requirements). The bill also gives the Attorney General the ability to enter during business hours any place where a gun show operator operates a gun show takes place and “for purposes of examining the records … and the inventory of licensees conducting business at the gun show” with no reasonable cause or warrant required.

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Florida Carry 2 years ago

This is thinly disguised national registration of firearms, and as such is unconstitutional and unacceptable.

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Users Supporting

I support The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because... THIS is how Criminals ARE getting GUNS! Sometimes I think the GOP is PRO Guns for Criminals and the Insane! When Children in their own school get Gunned down by a Crazy with Guns - The GOP will FIGHT to keep the Guns in the hands of criminals like that. They VOTE against any common sense law that would keep the innocent alive. Guess cause we are just the Poor and Middle Class. The GOP Doesn't Care about them. It shows in ALL of the Actions the GOP has taken in the past 5 years. They Just like to Lie to them and cash their checks from the wealthy that HAVE paid security. The GOP cares NOT for anyone else.

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AZ
8
DeniseCMurphy
AZ-8
10 months ago

I support The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because...a table at a gun show with a sign saying "private sales only" means he/she sells guns with no background check. How many will walk out with a gun who should not have one. It is a rhetorical question.

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VA
11
landrover
VA-11
1 year ago

I support H.R. 141: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 because guns are dangerous weapons that must be regulated. No one should have instant access to guns or be allowed to own a gun without proper training and licensing.

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CO
4
WildSweetnCool
CO-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 141: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 because...I have two responsible sons who are adults and one precious daughter. My daughter had gone to the grocery store and entered her gated apartment complex. At the time she didn't notice she had been followed by a group of four estimated "teenage buys." She proceeded to get out of her car and retrieve her groceries when one of these males had put a gun to her face. Thinking and acting quickly she stated to this teen, "here, just take my purse." She had all of six dollars in that purse and went inside canceled her credit cards and notified her bank. When she called me right after this event, as her mom I could hear the fear in her voice. My daughter has been through enough hell with her own health and worked full time as well as completing college in three years. Quite a feat for what she had to endure to rid a large tumor from her pituitary gland. She has endured more since, but also learned how to shoot a gun as self defense. We should not have to br armed in order to disarm or worse, mourning the loss of a child no matter the age. Enough is Enough!

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TX
24
spiritdancer2u
TX-24
1 year ago

I support H.R. 141: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 because right now criminals can go purchase guns legally at gun shows. We need to stop criminals from getting guns. Law abiding citizens who want a gun have nothing to fear. The only people who should be afraid of this legislation are criminals. If you are against this legislation you defend criminals.

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MA
8
Anonymous559177
MA-8
1 year ago

I support H.R. 141: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 because I see absolutely no reason to exempt gun show operators and sellers from the same regulations as pawn shops and other licensed gun dealers. As it is, anyone with criminal intent can purchase a firearm freely at a gun show, thereby endangering the public.

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GA
9
bl102455
GA-9
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because it does not close any loopholes, and it imposes an enormous burden on those operating a gun show, even if they never touch or sell a firearm. The simple fact is that there is no 'gun show loophole'. The vast majority of transactions at gun shows are conducted by licensed firearms dealers, and the vast majority of those transactions involve ammunition and accessories, and not firearms. Sales by private citizens to private citizens infrequently happen at gun shows, but may happen anywhere, and do. Those sales do not require a background check, and should not. Background checks do not deter or prevent gun or any other form of violence. Law abiding citizens do not need them, and criminals will simply ignore them. This bill does nothing to help, and imposes a massive bureacratic burden that is not needed. Vote no.

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VA
1
gherlone
VA-1
6 months ago

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because... just background check alone may pass, but not this type of harassing legislation!

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CT
2
Electorate
CT-2
6 months ago

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because...this bill is deceptive. Provisions within the bill will potentially criminalize honest mistakes and harmless sharing of firearms among close friends and relatives. HR 141 is a Trojan Horse that seeks to penalize Americans who choose to exercise unalienable rights. The bill's sponsor, Carolyn McCarthy should be ashamed. The people are not fooled.

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NV
4
Ken1139
NV-4
6 months ago

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because...this is only a bill so that the federal government call create a data base and use it against us in other ways. All lawful owners have had a background check already. If a criminal wants a gun they are going to find a way to get it. Like, breaking into a house and stealing them.

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NC
1
CharlesWatson
NC-1
7 months ago

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because "shall not be infringed" means just that

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CA
42
RileyHarris
CA-42
7 months ago

I oppose The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act because... The "gun show loophole" is a myth. There is no loophole. The private sale and transfer of firearms is unregulated, just as the private sale between two individuals of all other goods are unregulated. Anytime a company is involved with the sale or transfer of a firearm, a form is completed and a background check is performed. Criminals do not typically purchase firearms and gun shows, and this legislation will do little to stem the tide of gun violence in the country. Thanks. Rich

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CO
7
richtrapp
CO-7
7 months ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to make it unlawful for any person to operate a gun show unless such person: (1) has attained 21 years of age; (2) is not prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving firearms and has not violated any federal firearms requirements; (3) has registered with the Attorney General as a gun show operator and has provided a photograph and fingerprints; (4) has not concealed material information nor made false statements in connection with a gun show operator registration; and (5) notifies the Attorney General of the date, time, and duration of a gun show not later than 30 days before the commencement of such show and verifies the identity of each vendor at the gun show.Imposes recordkeeping requirements on gun show operators and criminal penalties for failure to register as a gun show operator and maintain required records.Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the business premises of any gun show operator, without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, to examine records and inventory to determine compliance with this Act. Increases criminal penalties for serious recordkeeping violations and violations of criminal background check requirements. Authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to hire additional investigators to carry out inspections of gun shows.

H.R. 140The Birthright Citizenship Act H.R. 142The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act