|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that every state should get additional resources needed to help them improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In addition, all commercial firearm sales, closing gun show, internet, and classified ad loopholes should be closed.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that expanding the background checks systems might bureaucratize the process of buying a regular firearm and could potentially impede individuals with defensive gun use charges from getting a handgun, therefore restricting or seizing firearms, which is a direct infringement of the second amendment.
The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would give states resources to help them submit information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), also expanding the system to cover all commercial firearm sales, closing gun show, internet, and classified ad loopholes.
The NICS is the system set in place for determining if prospective firearms or explosives buyers' name and birth year match those of a person who is not eligible to buy them.
Federal law currently requires background checks for some federally licensed dealers. Private sellers are not required to conduct these checks. The act would help to close loopholes such as this one.
The legislation calls on the Attorney General to establish a four-year implementation plan for every state that ensures the reporting of records that are made available by NICS are made public.
The bill would create the publication of all NICS statistics and would make them publicly available online within 180 days from becoming law.
Any person who attempts to transfer or sell a firearm in violation of this act could possibly be fined or imprisoned for up to 15 years. The law does allow for spouses and some family members to transfer firearms between them.
Sponsored by: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5].
Cosponsored by: 11 Rep / 186 Dem.