This Thursday, April 11, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will hold a public hearing on House Bill 3143 by state Representative Raphael Anchia (D-Dallas). HB 3143 would criminalize private firearms sales at gun shows and require them to be conducted through federal firearm licensed dealers (FFLs). This bill lays the groundwork for FFLs to be able to charge a tax for processing those transfers and imposes vague “recordkeeping” requirements on the seller of the gun. The prosecution rate of individuals who lie on federal gun purchase forms is already at an abysmal low. And most criminals acquire firearms by theft, on the black market or through straw purchases – not at gun shows. So what is the goal of HB 3143? It is nothing more than gun control advocates’ first step towards the regulation of allprivate firearm transfers and establishment of a registry of lawful purchasers. Please call and e-mail members of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee at their capitol offices and urge them to OPPOSE HB 3143. Contact information for these Committee members can be found here.

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