Senator Patrick Leahy Aims to Stop Illegal Firearm Trafficking

senatorpatrick-leahyU.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to combat the practice of straw purchasing and illegal trafficking in firearms.
The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 provides law enforcement officials with the tools needed to investigate and prosecute the common practice of straw purchasing, where an individual buys a firearm for someone else who is prohibited from obtaining one on their own. The measure, cosponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), specifically prohibits the straw purchase of firearms and strengthens the law prohibiting material false statements when purchasing a firearm. The bill establishes tough penalties for anyone who purchases a firearm or ammunition with the intent to transfer it to someone else, particularly in cases involving crimes of violence or drug trafficking, and expands existing trafficking law to make it a crime for an individual to smuggle firearms out of the United States

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