Summary: A bill to prevent gun trafficking. (More Info)
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Referred to Committee (Jan 30, 2013)
This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 30, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The majority of bills never make it past this point.
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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.
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.
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