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Recently, the new legislature session of the 117th Congress opened up. During this new legislative session a litany of new house resolutions were submitted to the floors of Congress. One of those bills were H.R. 6225. Known within Congress under the title: “To modernize the business of selling firearms.” House Resolution 6225 was introduced by Representative Robin Kelly [D-IL-2] with seven co-sponsors on Thursday of last week to the House floor.

The meat and potatoes of the resolution seeks to update the U.S. Code directed towards Federal Firearms Licensees better known as FFLs and to crackdown on supposed “rouge dealers”. While the verbiage within the bill doesn’t clarify who these “rogue dealers” are and the criteria on how that classification would come about.

The resolution also seeks to expand federal firearm laws to facilitators of firearm sales i.e. Sellers at gun shows, online marketplaces, and private sales. If the resolution passes and becomes law would require NICS background checks to all sales of privately owned firearms.

The last and biggest addition to this resolution seeks to add electronic database keeping for the management and sharing of background checks and firearm purchases of gun buyers.

Below, is are the policy points of what Democrats in Congress attended to accomplish with H.R. 6225.

Policy Points

This legislation expands the applicability of federal firearms laws to “facilitators” of firearm sales, such as sellers at gun shows and on online marketplaces, which, in several states, are currently permitted to host large commercial marketplaces that allow for the transfer firearms to purchasers without first initiating a background check to determine whether the buyers are prohibited under applicable state and/or federal law.

The bill also modernizes regulations for existing FFLs by:

• Requiring physical security measures to prevent firearm theft;

• Clarifying the standards by which licensed dealers, and their employees, are assessed for purposes of license issuance and renewal;

• Repealing long-standing Appropriations Riders that have impeded enforcement of existing law by barring the ATF from using funds to require licensed dealers to conduct physical firearm inventories and prohibiting the public disclosure of firearms trace data; and

• Increasing record retention and electronic data management and sharing for background checks.

Keeping guns out of the hands of those who are prohibited from owning them isn’t only common sense, it saves lives — and that’s exactly what this bill will help do,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “We’re proud to stand in strong support of Rep. Kelly’s legislation to close loopholes in the Federal Firearm Licensee system and bring these regulations into the 21st century.”

The bill would also:

• Require reporting of two or more rifles or shotguns purchased over five consecutive days, same as for pistols.

• Close the indicted dealer loophole, prohibiting licensees immediately upon being indicted for certain crimes from receiving new firearms or transferring any firearms in their business inventory to anyone other than another licensee or a law enforcement agency.

• Require annual inspections for “high risk” gun dealers and inspections every five years for all other gun dealers. Due to existing statutory restrictions and limited resources, only a small fraction of gun sellers are inspected annually and a large number of those inspections reveal violations.

• Require dealer-applicants and employees trusted with the possession of firearms to undergo background checks for FFL issuance and renewal.

The new H.R. 6225 proposed by Representatives with Congress seek to impede, impose, and and burden FFLs and private citizens with more regulation upon firearms and our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We will keep you update on future progress of this resolution.

What do you think of H.R. 6225? Let us know in the comments below.

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