H.R.7274 - Keeping Guns From Criminals Act115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 12/12/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/12/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.7274 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (12/12/2018)
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.