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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




Polling 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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Pledge Period - Opening Date
September 10, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
September 23, 2020
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