Position: Support Status: House Committee on Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
To increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking.
Introduced on February 1, 2017 by Bobby Rush (D-IL1) Oregon Congressman Blumenauer is a cosponsor of this bill. 25 cosponsors (D 25)
This bill amends the federal criminal code to establish stand-alone criminal offenses for trafficking in firearms and straw purchasing of firearms.
The bill expands the categories of prohibited persons (i.e., persons barred from receiving or possessing a firearm or ammunition) to include persons who intend: (1) to sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to a prohibited person, (2) to sell or transfer a firearm to further a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense, or (3) to unlawfully export.
It increases the maximum prison term for the sale or transfer of a firearm to or the receipt or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
The bill revises the existing prohibition on transferring a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense. It broadens the scope of the prohibition and increases the maximum prison term for a violator.
The bill also revises the existing prohibition on smuggling a firearm into the United States with the intent to unlawfully import or to promote a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense. It broadens the scope of the prohibition and increases the maximum prison term for a violator.
Finally, the bill makes it a crime to smuggle a firearm or ammunition out of the United States, or conspire or attempt to do so, with the intent to unlawfully export or to promote a crime of violence of drug trafficking offense.
Similar to S.1185 – Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2017