Summary

1/25/2013--Introduced.Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act - Directs the Attorney General to promulgate regulations that require each firearm manufactured in the United States to be marked with... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 25, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To prevent the illegal sale of firearms, and for other purposes.

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 ``Trafficking Reduction And Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act''.

SEC. 2. REGULATORY REQUIREMENT TO MARK FIREARMS WITH SECOND, HIDDEN SERIAL NUMBER.

Within 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall promulgate final regulations that require each firearm manufactured in the United States on or after the effective date of the regulation, to be marked with a serial number that is located inside the receiver of the firearm or that is visible only in infrared light, in addition to the serial number with which the firearm is otherwise required by law to be marked.

SEC. 3. REQUIREMENT TO PRESERVE INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK RECORDS FOR 180 DAYS.

(a) In General.--Section 922(t)(2)(C) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting ``after the 180-day period that begins with the date the system complies with subparagraphs (A) and (B),'' before ``destroy''. (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 511 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (18 U.S.C. 922 note; Public Law 112-55; 125 Stat. 632) is amended-- (1) by striking ``for--'' and all that follows through ``(1)''; and (2) by striking the semicolon and all that follows and inserting a period. (c) Regulations.--Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General...

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Nation

98 Supporting
2884 Opposing
3% 97%

State: CA

10 Supporting
156 Opposing
6% 94%

District: 1st

2 Supporting
5 Opposing
29% 71%

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Organizations Opposing

This bill is very dangerous. It allows agencies to retain background check information, and could be a stepping stone to a national gun registry. Registration = future confiscation. It also adds a second copy of the serial number of a firearm. This adds extra processes to manufacturing, raising costs and costing jobs. Obliterating a serial number is currently illegal, so this is unnecessary and wasteful. We oppose this bill.

H.R. 427, if passed, would require that each firearm manufactured in the United be marked with a serial number that is located inside the receiver of the firearm or that is visible only in infrared light, in addition to the serial number with which the firearm is otherwise required by law to be marked. In addition, H.R. 427 would require that instant criminal background check records be kept for 180 days; require firearms dealers to conduct a physical check if firearms inventory; and, eliminate limitations on use of gun trace information.

H.R. 427, if passed, would require that each firearm manufactured in the United be marked with a serial number that is located inside the receiver of the firearm or visible only in infrared light, in addition to the serial number with which the firearm is otherwise required by law to be marked. In addition, H.R. 427 would require that instant criminal background check records be kept for 180 days; require firearms dealers to conduct a physical check if firearms inventory; and, eliminate limitations on use of gun trace information.

Users Supporting

I support H.R. 427: Trafficking Reduction And Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act. Generally, I would like the ease at which firearms are trafficked out into US communities more tightly controlled so that LEAs and relevant authorities would have much more information to work with should conditions call for more thorough investigations into firearm-related crimes. As things stand in the Utica/Rome NY area, firearm use is a very real concern and threatens my sense of safety in those two communities - I can't imagine that it wouldn't also cause concern in other similarly-populated communites throughout NYS. Please cast your vote for this piece of legislation should the bill reach the floor for a vote. Thank you for your time and attention to my concerns.

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NY
22
gassenjunge
NY-22
1 year ago

I support H.R. 427: To prevent the illegal sale of firearms, and for other purpoes. because we need to keep the illegal guns of the street. What good is any gun law if we are not enforcing the current ones and punishing those that are willing breaking the rules. By ignoring those that break the law, just make the law invalid. Trafficking is a huge issue and needs to be address with huge consequences. Law abiding citizens do not want their right violated and I agree that everyone should have the right to bear arms, but until we address the black-market of gun, it will not work.

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NY
13
QDax329
NY-13
2 years ago

I support H.R. 427: To prevent the illegal sale of firearms, and for other purpoes. because...so many criminals get guns through gun fencing and trafficking, and the majority of gun deaths in the large urban areas happen as a result of this.

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PA
6
tbuglio
PA-6
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act because...See my previous statements to you Hon. M.L.Fudge

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OH
11
WaTT
OH-11
9 months ago

I oppose The Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act because serial numbers are Already required by Federal Law to be engraved on all firearms. Further not only is removing or disfiguring the numbers also be a felony, infra-red ink can be easily removed either by accident or deliberate actions. Whomever though this would have the slightest deterrent effect on crime should be looked at with scorn and laughter.

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PA
4
RegisteredVoter.1960
PA-4
10 months ago

I oppose The Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act because... I believe that much of this bill is over reaching.

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CT
3
TeaPartyMarine
CT-3
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 427: Trafficking Reduction And Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act because...WOW, how much does the idiot that thought this gem up make a year???

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CO
4
Armyguyinlongmont
CO-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 427: (TRACE) Act and before I tell you why, I would like to know if you do, or not support, this bill. Because things, not investigated, lack of knowledge, becomes completely acceptable to voters. Their acceptance of lack of knowledge being incomplete, voter’s thoughts are not sincere or truthful and become easily lied to. Their thoughts being not truthful, their hearts filled with corruption are not “being rectified”. Their hearts not “being rectified” by corruption, their persons are cultivated into political party affiliations. Their persons being cultivated into respective political parties, their crony political families are, regulated by crony cartels of politician in office. Their crony political families being, regulated, their states are, rightly governed by liberalism. Their states being, rightly governed by liberals, the whole kingdom is, made separate but equally tranquil and unhappy to full them into needing more government. Being a naturalized America citizen who is 100% Disable American Veteran, service connected and Cuban by birth, I have been on both sides, of a line, of a familiar battlefield. Are you in the ObamaCare Cartel? Viva la Constitucion!

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FL
13
MrCapitaliism
FL-13
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 427: Trafficking Reduction And Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act as well as S. 443, S. 730, H.R. 21, H.R. 137, H.R. 141, & S. 22: because...These are attempts to harass citizens & merchants participating in firearms transactions. Sales between private citizens, frequently between relatives, are no business of the government. These proposals attempt to significantly increase costs through additional requirements placed on sellers. Law enforcement routinely ignores background check violations, so these bills supposed purpose is rendered irrelevant buy a justice department that refuses to prosecute violators. In fact the justice department prefers to leave these criminals on the street seeking guns through other criminal acts, such as theft, where oftentimes their victims die. ENFORCE THE LAWS WE ALREADY HAVE, & stop harassing citizens. Common sense shows that the cities with the highest crime rates also have the most stringent anti-gun laws, so your anti-gun laws only create more victims. The NICS system should be available to all citizens so we can determine whether a purchaser is prohibited from having a gun ourselves. Such criminal records should be public records.

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WA
2
JGodfrey
WA-2
1 year ago

Bill Summary

1/25/2013--Introduced.Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act - Directs the Attorney General to promulgate regulations that require each firearm manufactured in the United States to be marked with a serial number that is located inside the firearm's receiver or that is visible only in infrared light, in addition to the serial number mark otherwise required. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) prohibit national instant criminal background check system records about a prospective firearm transferee from being destroyed until after 180 days after the system assigns and provides a firearms licensee with a unique identification number for the transfer, and (2) repeal provisions prohibiting appropriated funds from being used for any system that does not require the destruction of any identifying information submitted for a transferee within 24 hours after the system advises a licensee that the transferee's receipt of a firearm is not prohibited. Requires each licensed firearms dealer to conduct a physical check of its firearms business inventory. Amends the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, to repeal prohibitions against using appropriated funds to: (1) promulgate or implement any rule requiring a physical inventory of any firearms business; or (2) disclose contents of the Firearms Trace System database maintained by the National Trace Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or any information required to be kept by firearms licensees except as specified in that Act.

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