STATEWIDE — Some state lawmakers are also trying to require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows and during private gun sales.
According to the bill’s sponsor, the bill would make federally licensed firearm dealers perform background checks during all private sales whether they are at gun shows or not.
Proponents of the bill said sales at gun shows are specifically targeted by people who couldn’t pass background check’s by licensed dealers and this bill would help to eliminate that.
“It does not prevent anyone from lending their shotgun or rifle to a friend or family member for hunting or other sporting purposes. It specifically targets situations where the seller does not have a relationship with the buyer and therefore has no way of knowing if they are legally prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law,” House Assistant Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross.
She added the penalty for the first offense for knowingly transferring or selling a firearm in violation of the background check required by this bill is a civil violation that comes with a fine of up to $1000.
Any offenses after that would be Class D crimes.