S.1185 - Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] (Introduced 05/18/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1185 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (05/18/2017)
Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2017
This bill amends the federal criminal code to establish stand-alone criminal offenses for trafficking in firearms and straw purchasing of firearms.
The bill expands the categories of prohibited persons (i.e., persons barred from receiving or possessing a firearm or ammunition) to include persons who intend: (1) to sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to a prohibited person; (2) to sell or transfer a firearm to further a crime of violence, a federal crime of terrorism, or a drug trafficking offense; or (3) to unlawfully export.
It increases the maximum prison term for the sale or transfer of a firearm to or the receipt or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
The bill revises existing prohibitions on: (1) transferring a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense; and (2) smuggling a firearm into the United States with the intent to unlawfully import or to promote a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense. It broadens the scope of and increases the maximum prison term for violating the prohibitions.
The bill also makes it a crime to smuggle a firearm or ammunition out of the United States, or to conspire or attempt to do so, with the intent to unlawfully export or to promote a crime of violence, a federal crime of terrorism, or a drug trafficking offense.
Finally, the bill prohibits the Department of Justice, or its law enforcement coordinate agencies, from facilitating the transfer of an operable firearm to a known or suspected agent of drug cartel, unless U.S. law enforcement personnel continuously monitor or control the firearm.