Social Policy & Politics Program | Memo

The NRA’s Harmful Gun Trafficking Bill

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Sarah Trumble

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The NRA’s substitute gun trafficking bill would just be one more toothless federal gun law cleverly written to accomplish practically nothing. This memo lays out the two major flaws in their proposal: 1) it would dismantle the straw purchaser provisions at the heart of the legislation passed by the Judiciary Committee; and 2) its standard of proof is so high that it would be impossible to prosecute.

The NRA gambit is simply an attempt to distract the Senate from supporting the much stronger measure approved by Judiciary. The Chairman’s bill would staunch the flow of guns into the illegal market and keep them out of the hands of criminals.

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