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Titles (2)

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Short Titles as Introduced

Keeping Guns From Criminals Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide an incentive for firearm owners to sell their firearms safely and responsibly.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
06/24/2015Introduced in House

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Date All Actions
07/09/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
06/24/2015Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/24/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary06/24/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations07/09/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (06/24/2015)

Keeping Guns From Criminals Act

This bill amends the federal criminal code to modify the criminal liability standard for certain firearm sales or transfers.

Current law makes it a crime for any person to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to a prohibited person (i.e., a person who is prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm). This legislation eliminates the "knowingly" standard to impose criminal liability on any person who sells or transfers a firearm to a prohibited person, regardless of whether such seller or transferor knows that the buyer is a prohibited person.

A defendant seller or transferor may assert as an affirmative defense against prosecution evidence to prove that the buyer or recipient passed a background check or possessed a valid concealed carry permit in the state of transfer.

The affirmative defense does not apply if defendant knew or had reasonable cause to believe the buyer or recipient was a prohibited person.