This bill would amend the federal criminal code to prohibit a licensed gun dealer from transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person before a background check has been completed. Under current law licensed gun dealers may allow firearms to be transferred to an unlicensed person if a background check remains incomplete three business days after it was submitted.
What is House Bill H.R. 3464?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3464
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) introduced this legislation to close the procedural loophole that allowed the Charleston shooter to murder nine people in June 2015:
“The Background Check Completion Act will guarantee that no gun is sold by a licensed dealer until a background check is completed. Tragically, the Charleston shooter was allowed to purchase a gun even though the FBI had not completed his background check. This should never be acceptable. My bill is a commonsense fix to our nation’s gun laws, and I call on my colleagues in Congress to move it immediately towards passage.”
Opponents of this legislation have pointed out that under current law even if the unlicensed buyer takes possession of the gun after three days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to resolve the background check for up to 90 days. If it turns out that the buyer should’ve been prohibited by the background check and the gun was transferred, the ATF is notified and steps are taken to confiscate the weapon and potentially prosecute the buyer.
This bill currently has 22 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.
- Sponsoring Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) Press Release (Previous Version)
- Business Insider (Previous Version)
- Fox 57 (Previous Version)
- Guns.com (Previous Version)
- U.S. LawShield (Previous Version)
- Hot Air (Opposed)
- Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed In Favor)
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Background Check Completion Act of 2017
To prohibit firearms dealers from selling a firearm prior to the completion of a background check.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJuly 27th, 2017
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