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Sat Mar 16, 2013, 09:40 AM

 

Leahy sponsors bill to outlaw straw purchasing and gun trafficking

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a bipartisan vote, Thursday approved legislation authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and coauthored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would for the first time explicitly make illegal the abusive practice of straw purchasing and trafficking of firearms. The committee vote is the firstlegislative vote on measures related to gun violence in either the Senate or the House since the Newtown tragedy,and it comes amid a markup session scheduled by Leahy on four gun-related bills, including the Leahy-Collins Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act.

The bill goes after gun traffickers and closes a gaping loophole to background checks by also penalizing straw purchasers, who buy firearms for another person who is prohibited from obtaining one on his own.

“The practice of straw purchasing firearms is undertaken for one reason-to get a gun into the hands of someone who is prohibited from having one,” Leahy said at the Committee’s executive business meeting. “We know that many guns used in criminal activities are acquired through straw purchases. We need a meaningful solution to this serious problem.”

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“Law enforcement officials have consistently called for a firearms trafficking statute that can be effective to go after straw purchasers,” Leahy said. “What we need to do now isto create better law enforcement tools. I urge all Senators to join with us to close a dangerous loophole in the law that Mexican drug cartels, gangs and other criminals have exploited for too long.”

More: http://vtdigger.org/2013/03/10/leahy-sponsors-bill-to-outlaw-straw-purchasing-and-gun-trafficking/

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Reply Leahy sponsors bill to outlaw straw purchasing and gun trafficking (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Mar 2013 OP
gejohnston Mar 2013 #1
SecularMotion Mar 2013 #2
ManiacJoe Mar 2013 #3
SecularMotion Mar 2013 #4
gejohnston Mar 2013 #5
SecularMotion Mar 2013 #8
gejohnston Mar 2013 #9
ProgressiveProfessor Mar 2013 #11
DanTex Mar 2013 #13
DanTex Mar 2013 #6
gejohnston Mar 2013 #7
ProgressiveProfessor Mar 2013 #12
friendly_iconoclast Mar 2013 #10

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 03:43 PM

1. straw purchasing firearms already is a federal crime

and has been since 1968. Why not make the current law a mandatory min instead of just a couple of years of probation?

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:05 PM

2. Your NRA lies and obfuscation are not welcome in this group.

 

Under the existing laws, the only crime is making a false statement on a firearms transaction record.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:18 PM

3. So you agree with him that it is already a crime.


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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:22 PM

4. Are you also here to obfuscate?

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:28 PM

5. read question 11a on that form

That is the question that makes straw purchasing a crime. Still can get you up to ten years.
http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-4473-1.pdf

http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-learning-theater/
http://www.dontlie.org/faq.cfm

Where is the lie or obfuscation? Is the ATF a branch of the NRA? Without someone who better understands the gun laws, how do you know the media is doing a decent job of explaining the issue, since the media is generally lazy.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:40 PM

8. Don't try to turn this group into another gungeon.

 

There will be hosts in place for this group in the next few days and I will be lobbying to block members who use NRA lies and obfuscation to derail discussions.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:44 PM

9. show one lie I told.

or example of obfuscation? But, if you feel you need an echo chamber go for it.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 05:45 PM

11. Unpopular facts are not lies nor talking points

Now here is another: Feds rarely prosecute such crimes even when charges are brought by law enforcement

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 05:48 PM

13. One big reason they don't prosecute is because the way the laws are written makes it

difficult to get convictions and prison sentences.

And yes, "it's already illegal" is a talking point that is used by the NRA to oppose the gun trafficking statute that both law enforcement officers and prosecutors have stated is needed.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:33 PM

6. Another NRA talking point...

Currently straw purchasers are charged for "lying and buying", a law which is difficult to prosecute. The need for a dedicated anti-gun-trafficking statute is something that prosecutors and law enforcement officers have been pointing out for years.

The NRA, of course, is opposed to this as part of it's program to make gun laws as difficult to enforce as possible.

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Response to DanTex (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:38 PM

7. how would it work?

can you show any evidence of your claim? Can you show how it would be any easier to enforce than "lying and buying"?

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Response to DanTex (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 05:46 PM

12. Not a talking point, just inconvenient fact

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 04:54 PM

10. Good. I'd like to see this become law

 

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