A Bipartisan group of House members (Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Scott Rigell, R-Va., joined Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland) in co-sponsoring a bill yesterday (Tuesday, February 5) that would make gun trafficking a federal crime AND would strengthen the penalties for a ‘Straw Purchase’ of guns. A ‘Straw Purchase’ is when someone who can purchase a gun legally does so, and then transfers (sells?) it to someone who can not pass a background check. Does it sound familiar? A woman has been accused of buying guns and transferring them to the man who killed two first responders in West Webster, NY on Christmas Eve morning.
According to The USA Today the Republican co-sponsors claim that they can get support from their party’s leaders. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said, “This is one of those rare times that everyone agrees.” The sponsors noted that their bill will not burden ‘law-abiding gun owners or buyers’ and will not hurt the Second Amendment Rights.
This article got my attention because Rep. Tom Reed brought up the Straw Purchase scenario at his Seneca Falls Town Meeting last Saturday. When talking about universal background checks (which he does not approve of) he said, “Gun Shows venders try to play by the law and there’s ‘Straw Men’ who are outside in the parking lot going around the rules. We need to enforce, we need to go after that.”
Reed’s statement makes me believe that he would accept the proposed bill. The problem is to have the law work you need to have background checks, and he is against having them at gun shows.
Also, Rep. Reed has to get back on the ‘Right Side’ of the Republican Party. He has broken rank twice this session by supporting the Fiscal Cliff compromise, and the funding of Hurricane Sandy’s clean up. There’s been chatter on his facebook page about the need for a “real conservative” to represent them in the 23rd district. There is at least one article that has Rep. Reed on the ‘Double-Defector‘ list.
I would have to assume that the NRA would be against the proposed law. They seems to be against ANY change in ANY current gun law except the ones that place more guns in society. If the NRA is against the proposed trafficking and straw purchasing law, my guess is that Rep. Reed will go along with the NRA. After all, he does an “A” rating from them.
- House GOPs, Dems Introduce Gun-Trafficking Bill (pjmedia.com)
- Rigell bill: Felony to buy a gun for someone who can’t (hamptonroads.com)