Firearm regulation

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) generally opposes firearm regulation. On Wednesday, March 10, the house considered H.R. 1446 “To strengthen the background check procedures to be followed before a Federal firearms licensee may transfer a firearm to a person who is not such a licensee.”

H.R. 1446 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 CRS Summary as introduced in House (03/01/2021)

This bill revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.

Specifically, it increases the amount of time, from 3 business days to a minimum of 10 business days, that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a completed background check prior to transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. (This type of transaction is often referred to as a default proceed transaction.)

If a submitted background check remains incomplete after 10 business days, then the prospective purchaser may submit a petition for a final firearms eligibility determination. If an additional 10 days elapse without a final determination, then the federal firearms licensee may transfer the firearm to the prospective purchaser.

Surprisingly, Tom Reed was one of a few Republicans who voted in favor of certain amendments, which were approved by recorded vote.


1. Burgess (TX): Requires the Department of JusticeInspector General to submit a report to Congress on the number of NICS denials referred for investigation after a firearm was sold to a person who was later found to be ineligible.

2. Levin, Mike (CA): Adds to the GAO reports in the bill,which are to be completed one year, three years, and five years after enactment, data disaggregated by state and the basis for denial in state law.

3. McBath (GA): Amends the domestic violence reportingprovision to require that the effects of the Act on domestic violence, domestic abuse, dating partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking will be disaggregated by state.

4. Neguse (CO), Schneider (IL): Strikes section 4 and replaces it to require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to make an annual report, which shall be available to the public, that provides disaggregated information on background check denials not made within the 10-day period.

Tom Reed is known to be concerned about sexual assault, particularly when a relative is a victim or a Democratic politician is accused, so it may have been Amendment 3 which caught his eye. Tom Reed may like H.R. 1446 better as amended, but probably not well enough to vote in favor.

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3 Responses to Firearm regulation

  1. Carol says:

    I would bet he votes against it, but brags that he supported the amendment regarding domestic violence and sexual assault, just like his colleague who voted against the COVID-19 relief for his constituents, but praised his own personal amendment that was attached. It’s called trying to play both sides, which he’s been doing a lot of lately now that he is known as a governor wannabe.

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  2. William Hungerford says:

    On Thursday, March 11, on H.R. 8 — “To require a background check for every firearm sale,” Tom Reed voted NAY. On H.R. 1446 — “To strengthen the background check procedures to be followed before a Federal firearms licensee may transfer a firearm to a person who is not such a licensee,” Tom Reed voted NAY. These are common sense measures; cruel Tom Reed values guns above human life.


  3. Carol says:

    You got that right! I was willing to bet my stimulus check that Reed would vote against any gun safety measures.

    Liked by 1 person

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