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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 26, 2018 04:05 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Gun Show Loophole
In the immediate future, I plan to jointly introduce a bill to simultaneously eliminate the “gun show loophole,” and add a new provision to allow for a single background check that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across the Commonwealth.

The so-called “gun show loophole” refers to the fact that, under current law, the background check requirement only applies to short-barreled firearms. My legislation would require that all firearm sales, including long guns, be conducted in front of a licensed dealer or a sheriff. Familial transfers will still be excluded from the background check requirement, as in current law.

This is not the first time this legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly, but it is my hope that it can be the last. Please join me in protecting the residents of this Commonwealth by closing this loophole and, at the same time, making life easier for law-abiding citizens and responsible dealers.

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Introduced as HB2249