H.R. 404: Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act

Introduced:
Jan 23, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee on Jan 23, 2013
Prognosis
1% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 23, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced
Jan 23, 2013
Reported by Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
 
Sponsor
Adam Schiff
Representative for California's 28th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Jan 23, 2013
Length
4 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 4190 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 08, 2012

 
Full Title

To enhance criminal penalties for straw purchasers of firearms.

Summary

No summaries available.

 
Prognosis

3% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Cosponsors
21 cosponsors (21D) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


1/23/2013--Introduced.
Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act - Amends the federal criminal code to provide for an additional sentence of two years' imprisonment for violating the prohibitions against making false statements or misrepresenting identification regarding the acquisition of a firearm or ammunition:
(1) knowing that the violation will further the transfer of two or more firearms to a person prohibited by law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm; and
(2) with the intent to conceal such person's identity from the transferor.
Prohibits the court from:
(1) placing any person convicted of such violation on probation; and
(2) reducing a term of imprisonment for such a violation so as to compensate for, or otherwise take into account, a term of imprisonment imposed or to be imposed for a separate such violation.
Prohibits a term of imprisonment imposed under this Act from running concurrently with a term imposed on the person under any other legal provision, except that a term imposed may, in the court's discretion, run concurrently with another term imposed by the court at the same time for a separate such violation, subject to applicable guidelines and policy statements issued by the United States Sentencing Commission. Requires the court to specify in its statement of the reasons for imposing a sentence for such a violation the factors that require any sentence below the statutory minimum.
Directs the Attorney General to issue regulations requiring any form required to be completed by the purchaser of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer to include a notice of the provisions of this Act.

House Republican Conference Summary

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