GovTrack’s Bill Summary
S. 22 would regulate private firearm sales at gun shows,
requiring operators to be registered and gun buyers to undergo a background
According to the bill, gun
show operators must:
with the Attorney General.
- Verify the identity of each gun show vendor by photo ID.
each gun show vendor to sign a ledger containing his identifying
information and a notice of the requirements under this bill.
Unlike the corresponding
bill in the House, the Gun
Show Loophole Closing Act, S. 22 does not require gun show operators
to be 21 years of age, to be permitted to possess a firearm under the Gun Control Act of 1968, or to notify the Attorney General
of the prospective gun show.
The bill would also require all firearm transfers at gun
shows to involve a licensed dealer, who must:
the 1994 Brady
Handgun Violence Prevention Act, sales made at gun shows by unlicensed
private individuals are exempt from background checks. In 1999, the Senate narrowly passed a bill that would have mandated checks for all
sales at gun shows. The bill failed in the House
and never became law.
Library of Congress Summary
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
Gun Show Background Check Act of 2013 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors.
Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations.
Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act. Increases penalties for:
(1) serious record-keeping violations by licensees, and
(2) violations of criminal background check requirements.
House Republican Conference Summary
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
No summary available.
House Democratic Caucus Summary
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So, yes, we display the House Republican Conference’s summaries when available even if we do not have a Democratic summary available. That’s because we feel it is better to give you as much information as possible, even if we cannot provide every viewpoint.
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