Maloney Introduces Legislation to Close Gun Show Loophole

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) reintroduced the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act today to require background checks on firearm purchases at gun shows and impose consistent regulations on these events.

“For too long, we have allowed the gun show loophole to undermine our best efforts to prevent crime and keep guns away from dangerous individuals” said Rep. Maloney. “The Brady Bill has prevented the sale of more than 3 million guns to felons, domestic abusers, and other prohibited purchasers.  The gun show loophole and other shortcomings erode this progress and safety check, allowing dangerous individuals to game the system and slip through the cracks. This common-sense legislation would make sure that all sales at gun shows require background checks, just like New York has already required on the state level.”

The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act closes a gap in current law that allows private firearm owners to sell guns at gun shows without conducting background checks or maintaining records of these purchases. Due to this loophole, ATF has identified gun shows as a “major trafficking channel” for illegal guns. This policy undermines the efficacy of the Brady Bill, which intends to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

Specifically, the bill 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.