Summary

A bill to prevent gun trafficking. Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 30, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 30, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To prevent gun trafficking.

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 Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FIREARMS TRAFFICKING.

(a) In General.--Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``Sec. 932. Trafficking in firearms ``(a) Offenses.--It shall be unlawful for any person, regardless of whether anything of value is exchanged-- ``(1) to ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose to a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such use, carry, possession, or disposition of the firearm would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; ``(2) to receive from a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; ``(3) to make false statements regarding an actual buyer to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of 2 or more firearms...

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Nation

132 Supporting
2605 Opposing
5% 95%

State: CA

14 Supporting
134 Opposing
9% 91%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
5 Opposing
17% 83%

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This bill prohibits action which are currently illegal, and increases penalties on crimes that currently go un-prosecuted. Enforce the current law and the need for this bill evaporates. We oppose any further restrictions and penalties surrounding our 2nd Amendment rights in the current gun-grabbing environment. We strongly oppose this bill.

With certain exceptions for gifts, S. 179 would increase the penalties for straw purchases/gun trafficking. A person would face up to 20 years if he or she were to: (1) to ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose to a person, 2 or more firearms if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such use, carry, possession, or disposition of the firearm would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; (2) receive from a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; (3) make false statements regarding an actual buyer to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of 2 or more firearms that have moved in or affected interstate or foreign commerce; or (4) to direct, promote, or facilitate any of the aforementioned conduct.

Users Supporting

I support S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because it includes preventive definitions that haven't been in-place thereby tightening loopholes in previous gun trafficking controls.

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NY
22
gassenjunge
NY-22
2 years ago

I support S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because... in Vermont, where I live, there is no state law that says felons may not have guns. Enforcement of this federal law is left up to federal athorities, but in the vast majority of cases nothing is done because federal agents have bigger problems. This would encourage federal agencies to go after these people. My husband is a prosecuter in Vermont and he and most of the law enforcement community support strengthening these laws. Because Vermont has lax gun control laws, people buy guns legally and then sell them to criminals in other states for money or drugs. This law would give law enforcement better tools to help stop that.

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VT
0
WhiteAcre
VT-0
2 years ago

I support S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because I agree wholeheartedly with Senator Gillibrand that “The absence of any federal law defining gun trafficking as a crime in this country is shocking, and by cracking down on straw purchasers, illegal gun traffickers and their vast criminal networks, we can stop the flow of illegal guns and reduce gun crime." We absolutely MUST stop gun trafficking and we must close the gun show loophole and strengthen the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of those who threaten the safety of our population. I am strongly in SUPPORT of consensus gun trafficking legislation and urge your support and your influence to earn the support of this legislation by your colleagues.

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DE
0
Transpete
DE-0
2 years ago

I support S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because...this is governments job to stop straw purchase. It is not the government job to stop legel purchase of firearms for personal use.

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PA
10
DaleK.Butler
PA-10
2 years ago

I support S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because... It is getting really bad in the Chicago land area with gun violence and most of the guns involved are sold and bought on the black market. Every breaking news alert I get on my news app is about another murder or mass shooting, I think a lot of these crimes could be prevented if this bill gets voted into law. Not having any laws currently defining gun violence is, as one of the senators woorking on the bill said, allowing more gun violence in our home land and a lot of these crimes could be stopped simply by voting this bill into law.

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IL
10
MaddieZ
IL-10
2 years ago

I support S. 179: A bill to prevent gun trafficking because anyone who does not, is a criminal or wants to be. It is a common sense bill. If it can prevent even one death of a six year old, it is worth passing.

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KY
4
bethgeralyn
KY-4
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act because government needs to stop interfering with Constitutionally-guaranteed individual rights. What art of "....shall not infringe." do you not understand?

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NC
13
Jhthurman
NC-13
1 year ago

I oppose The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act because it purports to prohibit actions that are already illegal. See Section (a)(a)(1). If current law were actually enforced, there would be no need for this bill. I cannot support any further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, particularly in light of the Justice Department's: (a) failure to effectively prosecute criminal firearms statutes already on the books; and (b) apparent and blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution. See Operation Fast and Furious.

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AR
2
DCSward
AR-2
1 year ago

I oppose The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act because...this is a violation of second amendment. Prosecute Eric Holder before even considering such a bill. He has already given guns to drug cartels yet he is still allowed to act as attorney general, and refuses to enforce federal laws. Impeach him first.

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KY
1
KyVette
KY-1
1 year ago

I oppose S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013. 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 S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 & H.R. 452: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because...Versions of these laws already exist, but the Department of Justice fails to prosecute. The DOJ should be charged for neglect of enforcing the existing laws. The citizens of the USA needs our politicians to focus on fixing the economy. Stop harassing us because Democrats lack the common sense to see how their anti-gun laws lead to more deaths by creating helpless law abiding citizens preyed upon by well armed criminals who ignore your laws. Chicago, New York & Flint are perfect examples where anti-gun laws lead to defenseless citizens & well armed criminals running amuck, grateful to the Democrats for creating such a criminals paradise. A national instant stolen gun check & NICS systems should be available to all citizens, so we as buyers can determine whether a gun is stolen or as sellers whether a purchaser is prohibited from having a gun without going through a dealer. Such theft & criminal records should be public records.

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WA
2
JGodfrey
WA-2
1 year ago

I oppose S. 179: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 because this "feel-good" bill adds nothing to the purported effort that full enforcement of existing laws would accomplish. Quit loading up the Federal Register with such "garbage" laws and press for full enforcement of existing laws..

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CA
5
Captainbart
CA-5
1 year ago

Bill Summary

A bill to prevent gun trafficking.

S. 178The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act S. 180The NLRB Freeze Act