Laws proposed this week within the U.S. Senate would considerably enhance the penalties for stealing weapons from federal firearms licensees.
The FFL Safety Act, filed by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, would dial up the variety of years in jail for stealing a firearm in a seller’s enterprise stock from 10 to 20 years, amongst different enhancements. Graham mentioned the transfer comes after latest “smash-and-grab” thefts concentrating on gun outlets.
“I imagine in accountable gun possession – not criminals stealing firearms,” mentioned Graham in a press release.
In addition to the penalty enhance for stealing firearms, the invoice, filed as S. 1788, would impose a compulsory minimal sentence of three years for housebreaking from an FFL and 5 years for theft from an FFL. Additional, it makes the tried theft of a gun from a licensed firearm importer, producer, seller, or collector a criminal offense.
In keeping with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there was a 70 % leap within the variety of FFL burglaries and a 266 % enhance within the variety of FFL robberies between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, 8,129 firearms had been taken in burglaries and robberies at FFLs. About 6,000 firearms had been stolen from FFLs in felony acts in 2018.
The commerce group for the firearms business, the Nationwide Capturing Sports activities Basis, welcomed the transfer by Senate Republicans.
“Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers symbolize notably brazen offenses that maintain potential for added crime when stolen weapons are offered on the road,” mentioned Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice chairman and normal counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Safety Act is a major reinforcement of our federal legal guidelines to assist deter each first-time and repeat violators and to make sure these convicted of those crimes serve severe time.”
The NSSF routinely matches ATF reward provides for info that results in the arrest of criminals liable for thefts from FFLs.
S. 1788 has 12 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the place Graham sits as chair.
In the meantime, on the other facet of the aisle, Democrats on Capitol Hill this week have reintroduced laws that might as a substitute go after the firearms business, to the applause of huge nationwide gun management teams. The payments embody a transfer to open up each gun makers and retailers to frivolous lawsuits, and triple the variety of annual ATF inspections of firearms sellers with the promise of elevated penalties for record-keeping offenses.