Toomey’s Compromise Requires Background Checks for Guns Sold in Publications

Senators Manchin & Toomey
Senators Manchin & Toomey
AmmoLand Gun News
AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Senator Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) background check ‘compromise’ expands background checks to cover not only gun shows and internet sales but also sales in print publications.

Section 122 of “The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act” states:

Beginning on the date that is 180 days after the enactment of this subsection…it shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed dealer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed importer to complete the transfer of a firearm to any other person who is not licensed under this chapter, if the transfer occurs A) at a gun show or event, on the curtilage thereof, or B) pursuant to an advertising, posting, display or other listing on the Internet, or in a publication by the transferor of his intent to transfer, or of the transferee of his intent to acquire, the firearm. (emphasis added)

Once this bill is adopted, a classified ad in a publication–a newspaper or magazine for instance–which reads, “For Sale: Glock 19 9mm,” or a classified ad which reads, “Marlin Model 60 .22 rifle for sale,” would both follow under the purview of Toomey’s “compromise.”

Exceptions to this rule occur when an unlicensed transferor and unlicensed transferee are from the same state and are performing the transfer in that state –if said state allows such transfers– or when the transfer is between the specific family members listed as exceptions in Toomey’s bill.

Thankfully, Toomey allows your grandfather to sell a gun to you without a background check.

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john
john
5 years ago

What the F- – k is this stupid bill suppose to do???? where do they get these egg heads We pay these people to come up with kind of crap?????

Fook Schumer
Fook Schumer
8 years ago

I have a C&R FFL, and CCW… the only time I have sold a firearm to someone I was not well acquainted with, was also a member of a private gun club I was a member. We both had C&R FFLs, and CCW licenses. I knew he was good to go. Also the fact he legally owned a old Sten gun kinda laid any doubts to rest. I wouldn’t sell a firearm to someone I didn’t know, or who was not as self evidently vetted as that guy.

Ivan Pistov
8 years ago

It’s been my experience at gun shows where you see a seller at a table selling his personal guns with no ffl, that the ATF knows these people and they have already approved them. But I also know that these sellers (I only know of ONE of them in the whole state) double check the buyers if they don’t know them, and require credentials before the sale is made. Even thought they may not use the NICS system they have pretty well accomplished a good sale. Usually the guns on the table are more like collector items, older guns in… Read more »

Bill Baker
Bill Baker
8 years ago

@Bill Butler: yes, we should all just get over it and accept what our liberal master says. All of us using ‘nickle adds’ are selling to guys driving cars with chihuahua license plates. This is the problem with liberal idiots, they don’t actually follow facts or pay attention to the real world. Many people in rural states like Idaho (where I live) and Utah already prefer people with concealed weapons licenses making the purchases since they have been checked out. Just because you live in an area where evidentally out of country plates are common, doesn’t mean the rest of… Read more »

Bill Butler
8 years ago

If you attend “gun shows” regularely you see the same folks selling their “personal collection” without paperwork ( their prime selling point). They will buy your used gun, for their collection, too. At the next “show” there they are still selling their “personal collection” sans NICS check. Oh, did I mention, the guns are different this time! These folks should get the axe. If you sell your AR via the “Nickle adds” to a guy with a Chihuahua license on his car, you should get the axe, also. If I want to sell or buy an AR from a family… Read more »

Rob
Rob
8 years ago

Many of these situation refer to intrastate adds. This would effectively end private party transactions. It would require an ffl transfer to sell my used gun to my neighbor. In AZ, this is how we buy/sell used guns. It works just fine without the ffl fee. Most of us already have ccw permits. This just punishes the law abiding citizens. We already know criminals don’t obey laws. It’s almost impossible not to go the private party route because its faster, cheaper and currently the only option for getting most guns & ammo. I don’t know if anybody has checked gun… Read more »

dan
dan
8 years ago

call him what he is..a TRAITOR to his oath and the BILL OF RIGHTS….no less…spector would be proud…may they both rot in hell

Jim Boones
Jim Boones
8 years ago

Don’t all interstate transfers need to be handled by a dealer?

Bill Baker
Bill Baker
8 years ago

I hate even articles like this one that refer to it as toomeys ‘compromise’. He gave everything away, how in any way is this a compromise? It’s a flat out sell out. Even using things like the ‘thrifty nickel’ to sell your guns now requires a background check if this passes, there is no compromise here.