NSSF Commends U.S. Sen. Graham’s 2019 Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act

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NSSF Commends U.S. Sen. Graham’s 2019 Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act

WASHINGTON — -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today is commending U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) introduction of S. 1788, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2019, which will strengthen the criminal penalties for thefts of firearms from federally licensed retailers.

“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 Senator Graham for his leadership to deliver real solutions to make our communities safer across America.”

Sen. Graham’s proposed legislation would strengthen criminal penalties for theft of firearms from FFLs to help prevent criminals from becoming repeat offenders. It sends a strong message to criminals engaged in this nefarious activity that law enforcement partners and the firearms industry consider these crimes as a significant threat to community safety and will use all tools of prevention and law enforcement to protect the American public.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2179, with the same name.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reported a 71 percent increase in the number of thefts from FFLs from 2013 through 2017, which peaked at 577 such crimes. In 2018, that number fell to 427, a 26 percent drop but still well above the 338 in 2013. About 6,000 firearms were stolen from FFLs in burglaries and robberies in 2018.

The firearms industry through NSSF is an active partner in helping to reduce thefts and aiding ATF in identifying those involved in these crimes. As part of Operation Secure Store®, NSSF helps educate FFLs on steps they can take to reduce instances of theft. NSSF, in cooperation with ATF, also conducts retailer store security seminars, assists retailers with store security audits, and encourages the use of methods and technologies to reduce the likelihood firearms will be stolen. NSSF also continues to match ATF reward offers for information that leads to the arrest of criminals responsible for thefts from FFLs.

About NSSF

National Shooting Sports FoundationThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • 13 thoughts on “NSSF Commends U.S. Sen. Graham’s 2019 Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act

    1. Lindsey Graham is a joke forced on American because he keeps winning re-election bids. This why all us across the nation need Term Limits!

      Whatever happened to Citizen Statesman— they just left to return home to live or work— now it’s just remain on the Gravy Train For Life!

      Wake Up America! We the People need Better Representation then what we are getting!

      They are cooling their heels waiting to foist / vote another Pay Raise For Themselves —- What a Con Job are these People in Office!

      Wake Up America While We Still Have A Great Nation!

      From Humble little fly over SWMO—- I be Watching You All!!!

    2. Not impressed with his associations with Kennedy and McCain .He was a never Trump at 1st. Then he Allied with Trump when he saw it was in his best interest. Who was it that shows Lindsay affection at McCain funeral ? Huma. What did she whisper in his ear. John Kelly sure gave Lindsay the evil eye. Lindsay has RNC wrapped around his finger in S.C. Lindsay will get another 6 years and will be as senile as Strom when he leaves the senate .

    3. Just remember Graham was McCain’s best buddy before he signed out!!!!!!!!!!!! Military Service by McCain I have no problem with But as a politician HE SUCKED, and sold the people of Arizona down the River more than once!!!!!!!!

    4. As long as Democrats and RINO’s want to decriminalize theft of firearms, thefts will continue.
      The left wants to let all the criminals out of prison and give them back their vote.
      Just like California, they reclassified theft $900 or less as misdemeanor, you get a summons to appear,
      and are free to go…and commit more thefts, busting car windows, stealing everything you like, walking out of stores with X boxes and anything else. Just keep the $900 limit in mind.

    5. The answer to crime is to punish the criminal. Every action requires an equal and opposite reaction. When these bleeding heart pussies decide to start punishing criminals for their crimes things will change, Murder equals execution. No one should spend their life in jail for murder. You do not lock up a rabid fox for life. If you cannot coexist with the rest of society then you need to be removed.

    6. Whatever Graham can do to keep his name in front of the voters is what he is for. He approved of the red flag laws to satisfy a portion of his voter base, as did comrade Rubio. They go with the flow just so they can keep their cushy jobs and we can suffer the consequences. I hope this one gets sent home at election time.

    7. Looks like Graham is trying to shift focus away from the fact that he supports red flag laws. The NSSF is a joke considering they supported the nomination of Barr and Canterbury.

    8. How about enforcing existing laws, which are more than adequate, instead of adding to the myriad of worthless, unenforceable and unconstitutional laws that are already on the books. We need less laws, not more and we need worthless politicians, like Graham to be gone.

      1. That wouldn’t advance Grahams chances of re-election. Politicians have to keep their names in the press so thy can keep the power.

    9. I’m glad the manufactures division,NSSF, of Negotiating Rights Away commends the worthless RINO from South Carolina because I have nothing but scorn for the POS.
      P.S. this bill will never be signed in the first place,Mr. Lindsay “RED FLAG ” give Illegal aliens Grahamnesty has nothing to loose by the filing of this bill.

    10. The idea of these bills in both the Senate and the House is nice. How about applying these same bills to individual Citizens who have had their weapons STOLEN! These bills again are starting to delineate the two standards. One for “them” and another standard for “We”. The LAWS MUST apply EQUALLY ACROSS THE BOARD TO ALL – – – THE SAME!!!

      1. What about a law that says “no plea bargaining away gun crimes”. There is no use to have a law that some DA will plea bargaining it away.

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