Maloney bill would require background checks for all gun show firearm sales

May 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — A background check is required when a Federal Firearm Licensee wants to sell firearms at a gun show, but no such requirement exists for private sales. The ATF says that makes gun shows a major trafficking channel for illegal guns. To address this problem, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act (H.R. 2380). The same legislation was introduced by now-retired Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in previous sessions of Congress.

“Background checks keep guns out of criminal hands, but for no good reason current law allows many guns to be sold without this basic step,” said Maloney. “It wouldn’t be hard for gun show hosts to set up a background check station for private sellers. Many states already have this requirement, and my legislation would nationalize it. If we’re serious about cracking down on illegal guns, it’s time to start patching the holes in our Swiss-cheese background check system.”

The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act (H.R. 2380) would:

  • Subject gun sales and transfers at gun shows to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and require that transfers are reported to the Attorney General.
  • Require gun show operators to register with the Attorney General and notify the AG of the details of upcoming shows, including the identity of all firearm vendors, as well as keep a record of all vendors’ identities.
  • Allow the ATF to hire investigators to inspect gun shows and examine records kept by gun show operators and vendors.