Position: Support Status: Died in a previous Congress
According to the ATF, more than 18,000 firearms were reported lost or stolen from FFLs in 2016 alone. This represents a more than 20% increase over the nearly 15,000 firearms reported lost or stolen in 2015.
HR 3361 proposes strong, effective laws to address the issue of firearm theft from federally licensed firearms dealers (called FFLs). This bill would require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises.
July 24, 2017 - Introduced in the House by Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-IL 10) 26 cosponsors (D 26)
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) annual Federal Firearms Licensee Theft/Loss Report, in 2016 alone, more than 18,00 firearms were reported lost or stolen from FFLs. This represents a more than 20% increase over the nearly 15,000 firearms reported lost or stolen in 2015. Of greater concern, the vast majority of this increase is in firearms stolen (51% increase) compared to lost (6% increase). From “ATF: FFL Theft/Losses United States.”
A few recent thefts of firearms from federally licensed firearm dealers:
- “Assault Rifles Stolen From Cabela’s in Broad Daylight” June 2017
- “Thieves Steal Nine Guns From Tigard Pawn Shop” March 2017
- “Guns Stolen From Businesses in Gresham and Salem” June 2017
- “Gresham Gun Store Robbed” April 2017
SEC. 2. SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERALLY LICENSED FIREARMS IMPORTERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND DEALERS.
(a) In General.—Section 923 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(1) A person who is a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer shall keep and store all firearms in the business inventory of the licensee at the premises covered by the license. When the premises are not open for business, the licensee shall, with respect to each such firearm—
“(A) secure the firearm with a hardened steel rod 1⁄4 inch thick through the space between the trigger guard, and the frame or receiver, of the firearm, with the steel rod secured by a hardened steel lock that has a shackle, and the lock and shackle protected or shielded from the use of a bolt cutter, and the rod anchored to prevent the removal of the firearm from the premises; or
“(B) store the firearm at the premises in a locked fireproof safe, locked gun cabinet (and if the locked gun cabinet is not steel, the firearms within the cabinet must be secured with a hardened steel rod 1⁄4 inch thick, protected or shielded from the use of a bolt cutter and anchored to prevent the removal of the firearms from the premises) or locked vault.
“(2) When the premises are not open for business, the licensee shall store all paper records of the business inventory and firearm transactions of, and other dispositions of firearms by, the licensee at the premises in a secure location such as a locked fireproof safe or locked vault.
“(3) The Attorney General shall, by regulation, prescribe such additional security requirements as the Attorney General deems appropriate with respect to the firearms business conducted by a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, such as requirements relating to the use of the following:
“(A) Alarm and security camera systems.
“(B) Site hardening.
“(C) Other measures necessary to reduce the risk of theft at the business premises of a licensee.”.