Democrats are back in the driver seats in the House and are reportedly looking to push forth tighter restrictions on gun purchases.
A bill proposed by Virginia Democrat Don Beyer would increase the liability of private gun sellers who would complete a sale with someone who is federally prohibited from doing so. The legislation would penalize any private gun seller who does not clear the buyer with a federal background check, a process private sellers are able to skip within the current law.
Check it out, per the Washington Examiner:
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced his bill Wednesday to change current federal law, which he says makes it too easy for gun owners to sell guns that can make their way to criminals.
Under current law, private gun sellers are prohibited from selling to prohibited buyers. But to prosecute those sellers, it must be proven that they didn’t know the buyer was disqualified from buying the weapon.
According to the report, a summary of the bill reads: “Since private gun sales don’t require a background check, private sellers are able to claim they did not know the buyer was prohibited from possessing a gun.”
“A private seller who violates this law is only slightly more likely to be prosecuted for selling a gun to a prohibited buyer than they are to be attacked by an alligator,” the summary continued.
And, “It’s a crime regardless of whether the person knew.”
Finally, “In the U.S. there are more Federal Firearm Licensees than there are McDonald’s. And most will facilitate a private party transfer with a background check for a nominal fee (usually around $30).”
The Washington Examiner reports the lawmaker is not intentionally making a gun sale transaction harder for private sellers, but to stress the importance of the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The bill’s introduction to the legislative chamber comes six years after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut.
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