NSSF Commends Senator Graham for FFL Protection Act

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in June commended U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for the introduction of S. 1788, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2019, which would 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,” says Larry 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 in delivering real solutions to make our communities safer across America.”

Senator 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 to be 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 Senators 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 with the same name, H.R. 2179, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

ATF has 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. 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 its Operation Secure Store (bit.ly/2ZIC1IS), NSSF helps educate FFLs about 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 continues to match ATF reward offers for information that leads to the arrest of criminals responsible for thefts from FFLs.