New measure would strengthen penalties for firearms thefts
By Andrew Shepperson
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has voiced their support for a bill that would strengthen penalties for those who steal guns from federal firearms licensees.
The proposal, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2017, was introduced last week by Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma and calls for mandatory minimum sentences to be imposed on thieves who nab guns from FFLs.
The NSSF praised the bill in a Friday statement, highlighting the need for enhanced penalties and the dangers such thefts pose to the greater community.
“Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers represent particularly brazen offenses that hold potential for additional crime when stolen guns are sold on the street,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act is a significant reinforcement of our federal laws to help deter both first-time and repeat violators and to ensure those convicted of these crimes serve serious time. We thank Congressman Russell for his leadership to help make America safer.”
If passed and signed into law, the measure would implement mandatory minimum sentences of no less than three years for burglary and five years for robbery of a firearms retailer, shooting clubs, ranges that rent firearms, and