Pledging
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  • INTERSTATE FIREARM TRANSPORTATION
  • GUN DEALERS
  • STRAW PURCHASES
Winning Issue » STRAW PURCHASES


A straw purchase of a firearm occurs when an individual legally buys a gun and then gives it to another person who is prohibited from owning firearms. This is usually a federal crime. However, if a firearm is purchased as a gift, it is not considered a straw purchase and the buyer is regarded as the end user. A weapon purchased for another person, but not purchased from a gun dealer, is also legal unless the gun is used in a crime with the prior knowledge of the provider of the firearm. Surveys show that people attempt to illegally buy guns from dealers at least 35,000 times each year. Some of these illegal buyers convince gun dealers to keep transactions off the books. Some of these buyers also use stand-ins such girlfriends or wives to avoid background checks. Gun control advocates say the primary sources of guns for criminals are theft from private homes and straw purchases.


Pending Legislation: None




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current firearm straw purchase policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support providing an additional sentence of two years imprisonment for violating the prohibitions against making false statements or misrepresenting identification regarding the acquisition of a firearm or ammunition knowing that the violation will further the transfer of two or more firearms to a person prohibited by law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm; or with the intent to conceal such person's identity from the transferor; prohibits the court from placing any person convicted of such violation on probation; prohibits a term of imprisonment imposed under this Act from running concurrently with a term imposed on the person under any other legal provision; directs the Attorney General to issue regulations requiring any form required to be completed by the purchaser of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer to include a notice of the provisions of this Act, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.404 - Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support providing an additional sentence of two years imprisonment for violating the prohibitions against making false statements or misrepresenting identification regarding the acquisition of a firearm or ammunition knowing that the violation will further the transfer of two or more firearms to a person prohibited by law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm; or with the intent to conceal such person's identity from the transferor; prohibits the court from placing any person convicted of such violation on probation; prohibits a term of imprisonment imposed under this Act from running concurrently with a term imposed on the person under any other legal provision; directs the Attorney General to issue regulations requiring any form required to be completed by the purchaser of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer to include a notice of the provisions of this Act, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.404 - Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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May 28, 2020
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June 10, 2020
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