By Tom Knighton
It’s not difficult to buy a gun if you want one, but there are steps you have to take like filling out a 4473 form. The key, though, is not being a prohibited person. In other words, you can’t be a felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning firearms in this great land.
Federal law says that even attempting to buy a gun when you’re prohibited is a felony, but one long-standing problems is that when someone tries to purchase a firearm despite that status, there’s often nothing done.
Now, a Texas lawmaker wants to change that.
In a statement, the Texas attorney general’s office said this is a crime that is prosecuted at the federal level.
But State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is working to change that.
Hinojosa filed a bill in the last legislative session and has filed a similar bill in the coming session that will give local district attorneys the authority to prosecute those who lie on the 4473.
“What this bill says is that it would be a state violation of law, a misdemeanor, to lie on a background check to try to get a gun — hence ‘lie to try,’ ” she said.
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Source:: Bearing Arms