Trustee Election
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  • GUN SHOWS
  • GUN BUYBACK PROGRAMS
  • FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS
Winning Issue » FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS


Most people think it’s a good idea to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICBCS) is a point-of-sale system for determining the eligibility of a person wishing to purchase a firearm. Licensed firearm dealers are required to use this system before selling a gun. The NICBCS system has blocked more than 2 million gun purchases attempted by prohibited buyers during the past 20 years. These rejected buyers included felons, dishonorably discharged veterans, domestic violence and stalking offenders, substance abusers, undocumented immigrants, the mentally ill and those who have renounced their citizenship. Each year, our FBI conducts nearly 20 million background checks for prospective firearm buyers. Advocates say this number is but a fraction of the total number of people who purchase guns. An estimated 40% of all arms transfers take place between private parties who are not required to perform background checks. Advocates say that states which require background checks for private handgun sales had nearly 40% fewer women shot to death by their intimate partners. They also had nearly 50% fewer firearm suicides and gun trafficking offenses than states which do not require checks. Opponents warn background checks could create a gun-owner registry that could be someday used to confiscate weapons. Others claim background checks are ineffective because our Justice Department declines to prosecute criminals who try to buy guns. In 2010, more than 76,000 firearm purchase applications were denied. Of these denials, 62 were referred for prosecution and only 13 resulted in guilty pleas or verdicts. Background check supporters acknowledge these shortcomings need to be fixed but say that checking the backgrounds of only about half of those attempting to buy a gun does nothing to advance public safety.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current firearm background checks policy and wish to defeat H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support prohibiting a person who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to, or receiving a firearm from, another unlicensed person, except: (1) through a licensed dealer or a law enforcement agency, which shall conduct a background check through the national instant criminal background check system; and (2) after inspecting a permit that confirms that such background check has been conducted. Specifies exceptions, including for: (1) the transfer of a bona fide gift between immediate family members; (2) a transfer that occurs by operation of law or by an executor or trustee because of the death of another person; (3) a temporary transfer that occurs in the home of the unlicensed transferee who believes that possession of the firearm is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to the transferee; and (4) certain temporary transfers without the transfer of title at a shooting range, at a shooting competition, or while hunting, fishing, or trapping, and wish to pass H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support prohibiting a person who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to, or receiving a firearm from, another unlicensed person, except: (1) through a licensed dealer or a law enforcement agency, which shall conduct a background check through the national instant criminal background check system; and (2) after inspecting a permit that confirms that such background check has been conducted. Specifies exceptions, including for: (1) the transfer of a bona fide gift between immediate family members; (2) a transfer that occurs by operation of law or by an executor or trustee because of the death of another person; (3) a temporary transfer that occurs in the home of the unlicensed transferee who believes that possession of the firearm is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to the transferee; and (4) certain temporary transfers without the transfer of title at a shooting range, at a shooting competition, or while hunting, fishing, or trapping, and wish to pass H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.368 - Safe and Responsible Gun Transfer Act
Sponsor: Rep. Theodore Deutch, FL
Status: House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Rep. Robert Goodlatte, VA


If elected as a trustee, ARS will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for requiring background checks for those who wish to purchase guns.

On the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting in which Representative Gabby Giffords was injured and as America mourned the dead in Newtown, Gabby and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, launched Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS). Americans for Responsible Solutions operates both as a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization and political action committee. Its mission is to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. As gun owners and strong supporters of the Second Amendment, Gabby and Mark believe that we must protect the rights of Americans to own guns for collection, recreation and protection. However, that right also requires basic responsibility, and as a society we are responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people like criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill. ASR agrees with the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, that commonsense protections from gun violence can prevent shootings from shattering communities like Tucson, Aurora and Newtown. ARS states that entrenched interests like the gun lobby have used big money and influence to stop Congress from acting on even commonsense solutions to protect our communities from gun violence. ASR supports background Check for prospective gun owners.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020