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senate Bill S. 649

Background Checks for Gun and Ammo Purchases

Argument in favor

Would curb deadly mass shootings by making it more difficult for persons with a criminal record and/or history of drug addiction to purchase firearms and ammunition.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/13/2015
Simple background checks should be MANDATORY for all gun and ammo purchases.
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David's Opinion
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10/06/2015
One step toward sane gun policy. It is tragic that this congress has put politics before the lives of the citizens—citizens who pay taxes and vote their representatives in and out of office, expect them to grow a pair and hold them accountable for countless innocent deaths. Members of congress: how will history judge your stance on firearms?
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Felix's Opinion
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06/16/2015
because it is criminal to allow criminals to buy firearms at gun fairs !
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Argument opposed

Second Amendment concerns. Privacy concerns. Those determined to purchase firearms illegally would still find the means to do so.

Ryan's Opinion
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09/15/2016
Federal back round checks are in place. No need to expand this to ammunition. The gun show/internet sales portion is a MYTH. Everything has to go through an FFL to be purchased.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/22/2015
Guns do have background checks. Ammo background checks would be a back door attempt to make guns less effective. Can't discharge a weapon without ammo. By the way, removing all sources gasoline will certainly have an effect on air pollution. But then government employees would have to walk or ride bicycles. But again breathing produces carbon dioxide, a green house gas.
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Phylos's Opinion
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02/26/2016
What exactly will background checks for ammunition purchases hope to accomplish? This is a complete nonsense bill designed to make people feel better while having no tangible effects on crime.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedMarch 21st, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 649?

Would require "a background check for every firearm sale", with exceptions being made for gifts between family members, a transfer from an estate, and temporary transfers in relation to hunting. At present, federal background checks are only required for sales through licensed gun dealers, and not Internet and gun shows sales. This act would make require states to make data of gun and ammunition purchases available to the National Instant Background Check Verification System. Explicitly bars the creation of a national gun registry. This bill was tabled in April 2013, after it was unable to gain bipartisan support. 

Impact

Impacts would-be gun and ammunition buyers, but not current owners, as language in the bill explicitly states that the more than 300 million guns already in private ownership in America would not be affected.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 649

$0.00
A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information

Media:

Gallup: Gun Trends in America

The Hill: Reid Tables Gun Control Bill After Defeat

Of Note: 

-This bill contains a number of amendments, notably Feinstein's amendment to ban assault weapons and the Manchen-Toomey amendment. A list can be found here

AKA

Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013

Official Title

A bill to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes.

    Simple background checks should be MANDATORY for all gun and ammo purchases.
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    One step toward sane gun policy. It is tragic that this congress has put politics before the lives of the citizens—citizens who pay taxes and vote their representatives in and out of office, expect them to grow a pair and hold them accountable for countless innocent deaths. Members of congress: how will history judge your stance on firearms?
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    Federal back round checks are in place. No need to expand this to ammunition. The gun show/internet sales portion is a MYTH. Everything has to go through an FFL to be purchased.
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    Guns do have background checks. Ammo background checks would be a back door attempt to make guns less effective. Can't discharge a weapon without ammo. By the way, removing all sources gasoline will certainly have an effect on air pollution. But then government employees would have to walk or ride bicycles. But again breathing produces carbon dioxide, a green house gas.
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    because it is criminal to allow criminals to buy firearms at gun fairs !
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    What exactly will background checks for ammunition purchases hope to accomplish? This is a complete nonsense bill designed to make people feel better while having no tangible effects on crime.
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    Background checks are a basic necessity here.
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    Background checks are one of the best measures that can be leveraged to prevent gun violence.
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    I support any reasonable legislation that limits the public's access to firearms.
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    Often times the same people for extreme vetting of immigrants and refugees, do not believe America should take the time and look into who is purchasing guns and ammo; weirdly hypocritical, and proven fatal.
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    Just like an automobile, weapons should be registered with the federal government and every year the owner must pass a weapon safety test
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    How many felons go to gun stores to buy their weapons? Oh right, none. We already have enough background checks between us, a permit and our guns. We don't need one for ammo too
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    There are already background checks. And they are only as good as the state and federal agencies the make sure the data that is collected is entered properly. The fed and state have already admitted to failing on the background check on the church shooting. They are the ones to blame. Do you really think criminals care about laws?
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    A gun transactions should involve background checks or the existing protection we have is too easy to circumvent.
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    Support & enforcement existing law. Most gun crimes are not commented by law abiding citizens which this would effect.
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    Yes
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    Background checks without a registry not necessary for Ammo ...
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    Hello, what criminal is going to go to a gun store (which does background checks) to purchase a firearm. None is the answer.
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    Having criminal background checks is smart
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    Law enforcement in the U.S. can not even stop illegal substances from entering the country by the ton. What makes you think a background check is going to stop one crime. This is just another thinly veiled excuse to develope a registration data base.
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