Prevent Gun Trafficking
What is the problem?
The United States lacks strong federal gun trafficking laws to crack down on illegal gun trafficking networks. Gun trafficking and straw purchasing laws could help keep guns off our streets.
In addition, a loophole that enables many gun sellers to evade the licensed dealer system allows unlicensed sellers to sell high volumes of guns without background checks. Some of these guns are later trafficked into other states and recovered at crime scenes. This loophole could be addressed by statute or ATF regulation. States can also help prevent gun trafficking by requiring gun owners to report lost and stolen guns to law enforcement.
Myth & Fact
Anyone who sells multiple firearms in a year is required to get a federal license to deal firearms.
Current federal law requires a person who is “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms to obtain a license. This requires the dealer to run a background check on gun buyers and keep records of sales. Lack of clear guidance on what qualifies as engaging in the business means that some dealers sell many guns a year without obtaining a federal firearm license to deal guns. Weak federal trafficking laws make it difficult for prosecutors to punish even flagrant violators of federal law.
Undeniable: How Long-Standing Loopholes in the Background Check System Have Been Exacerbated by COVID-19
Loopholes must be addressed to ensure that guns are not sold without a completed background check.
Stolen Guns Pose a Tremendous Risk to Public Safety
Thousands of guns are stolen every year and often wind up at crime scenes. Stolen guns pose a tremendous risk to public safety.
State Firearm Preemption Laws
State firearm preemption laws are a relatively recent phenomenon inconsistent with centuries of American history in which cities and rural areas had different gun laws.
Prevent Gun Trafficking
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Business As Usual
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