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Proposed Federal Firearm Legislation HB1604

  this is an pro-gun bill
Legislation Overview

Title: STOP Straw Purchases Act

Subject: Crime and law enforcement: Business records: Criminal procedure and sentencing: Firearms and explosives: Fraud offenses and financial crimes: Government information and archives: Retail and wholesale trades

Description: Establishes new criminal offenses and penalties to deter straw purchases of firearms (i.e., firearm purchases from a licensed gun dealer by one person on behalf of another person). Current law prohibits and imposes penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both—for making false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm from a federally licensed dealer. increases the statutory maximum prison sentence—from 10 years to 25 years—for a violation by a person who is acting as a straw purchaser. Under this bill, a straw purchaser is a person who makes false statements involving deception about the identity of the actual buyer and knows or has reasonable cause to believe the actual buyer intends the firearm to be (1) used in a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, or (2) transferred to a prohibited person. Additionally, the bill establishes new related criminal offenses. Specifically, it prohibits and imposes penalties for inducing another person, as a leader of a straw purchasing ring, to act as a straw purchaser in a continuing series of transactions from which the person obtains income or resources; or obtaining a firearm by inducing another person to act as a straw purchaser. Finally, the bill directs the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to include in the Firearms Transaction Record form a statement outlining penalties for acting as a straw purchaser.

Session: 117th Congress

Last Action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Last Action Date: May 18, 2021



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11 sponsors: Don Bacon (R); Nicole Malliotakis (R); Claudia Tenney (R); Dan Crenshaw (R); Pete Stauber (R); Abigail Spanberger (D); Steve Womack (R); Mario Diaz-Balart (R); Jay Obernolte (R); Cliff Bentz (R); Richard Hudson (R);

Percentage of House Of Representatives sponsoring bill: 3% (11 of 435)

Chamber Date Action
House May 18, 2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
House Mar 8, 2021 Introduced in House
House Mar 8, 2021 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Type Date Federal Link Text
Introduced May 4 2021 federal link bill text
Title Description Date State Link Text Adopted
There are no amendments to this bill at this time

Chamber: H

Committee Name: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Votes - Click on description to view vote roll call

There have not been any votes on this bill

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