Sponsored by Rep. Larry Mitchell, HB 174 would deter “straw purchases” in an effort to reduce the number of people who cannot legally possess firearms. Straw purchases are where a third party buys a gun for a person is not allowed to have one. The bill would raise the crime of making such a purchase from a Class F felony to a Class E Felony, which would thus increase the sentence from up to 3 years to up to 5 years.
“As a retired police officer, I know the importance of keeping guns away from dangerous people to help keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Rep. Mitchell, D-Elsmere. “House Bill 174 is a common-sense measure that helps to make sure guns stay out of the hands of those who are not legally able to own or purchase them by cutting down on straw purchases. With the gun violence that has plagued towns throughout the state and around our country, we have to take action to keep guns away from people who should not have them.”
HB174 – STRAW GUN PURCHASES
SPONSOR: Mitchell, McDowell, Hansen, Hocker, Lavelle, Lopez, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Miro, Viola, Wilson
YES VOTES: Everyone in the House but M.Smith
HISTORY: Passed the House 40-0.
STATUS: Onto the Senate
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