Cassidy, Graham, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Increase Penalties for Robbing Gun Stores

Cassidy, Graham, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Increase Penalties for Robbing Gun Stores

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and 19 colleagues today reintroduced the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to address the rapid increase in the number of “smash-and-grab” thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers. The legislation increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years, imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL, and criminalizes the attempted theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 43 percent increase in the number of FFL burglaries and a 15 percent decrease in the number of FFL robberies from 2019 to 2020. While the number of robberies decreased, the number of firearms taken during robberies increased by 53 percent. In 2020, 6,269 firearms were taken in nationwide FFL burglaries and robberies. “While Democrats are going after the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, criminals are stealing and circulating firearms contributing to the crime wave across Democrat-controlled cities. This legislation addresses the real cause of gun violence in our nation,” said Dr. Cassidy . “Criminals who steal guns need more than a slap on the wrist, this bill increases penalties for those endangering our communities.” “I am proud to reintroduce this important legislation to make ‘smash-and-grabs’ more costly for criminals,” said Senator Graham . “I […]

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