Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • 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 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 25 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 gun 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 these 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.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (passed House)
Sponsor: Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Status: Received in the Senate
Senate Leader: Leader Charles Schumer (NY)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current firearm background checks policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support establishing new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties, including guns purchased at show sales by:

    1.) Prohibiting a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

    2.) This prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers or exchanges, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support establishing new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties, including guns purchased at show sales by:

    1.) Prohibiting a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

    2.) This prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers or exchanges, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing the Senate version of H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.

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

Mission: Our country is in the grip of a gun violence epidemic. Every American will know a victim of gun violence in their lifetime—this is not normal, and it doesn’t have to be this way. Giffords is fighting to end the gun lobby’s stranglehold on our political system. We’re daring to dream what a future free from gun violence looks like. We’re going to end this crisis, and we’re going to do it together.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
May 31, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 7, 2021