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Grassley-Cruz Substitute Gun Bill & Summary

Grassley-Cruz Substitute Gun Bill & Summary

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Published by Senator Ted Cruz
Substitute bill introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to legislation pending on the Senate floor. Their “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act” would preserve the Second Amendment while providing important fixes to existing law.
Substitute bill introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to legislation pending on the Senate floor. Their “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act” would preserve the Second Amendment while providing important fixes to existing law.

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Summary of Grassley/Cruz Gun Substitute
 
Increases resources and tools for prosecuting criminals
(Gun prosecutions havedeclined under President Obama and current proposed legislation does not address thisissue)
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Resources:
 
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National Project Exile Expansion.
Provides $15 million per year for 3years for more Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Alcohol Tobacco andFirearms agents. Applies to fifteen jurisdictions with highest violent crimerates and three tribal jurisdictions with highest rates.
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Cruz Task Force.
Task Force and $10 million per year for 5 years to prosecute felons and fugitives who try to get guns. Created task force and proposes funding of $10 million per year for five years to prosecute felonsand fugitives who fail National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – funded through the Asset Forfeiture Fund.
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Tools:
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Criminalizes straw purchasing.
In targeted, responsible way that doesn’tsweep in innocent conduct.
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Criminalizes trafficking.
In a responsible way that doesn’t turn minor gun offenses into arms trafficking offenses.
 
Increases resources for school safety
(President Obama’s budget cut school safetyfunding)
 
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Secure Our Schools grants
. Provides
 
$30 million per year for 10 years under Title III funds.
 
 
Addresses mental health.
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Increases resources for mental health.
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Reauthorizes Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.
 
This provides $40 million per year for five years for mental health courts,crisis intervention teams, veteran treatment courts, police academycurricula, and transitional services in prison.
 
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Allows Byrne and COPS grants to be used for mental health purposes.
 
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Gives states incentives to provide mental health records to NICS federaldatabase.
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Reauthorizes NICS Improvement Amendments Act grants at $20 million per year for 5 years, so states can implement systems to report theserecords.
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Increases Byrne grant penalties for states’ failure to provide mental healthrecords.
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Clarifies which records must be submitted NICS.
 
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Codifies Obama executive order requiring the Attorney General to issueguidance to federal agencies.
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Requires federal court information to be made available to NICS.
 
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Fixes the definition of adjudicated mentally incompetent so single doctorscan’t infringe on 2
nd
Amendment rights.
 
Includes pro-gun provisions.
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Allows interstate firearm sales.
 
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Allows military members to buy guns in state of residence or where stationed.
 
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Allows firearms dealers to access NICS to do background checks on employees(with notice and their consent).
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Allows interstate transportation of firearms if certain conditions are met (e.g., invehicle, unloaded, locked or in trunk), and preempts state law to the contrary.
 
Increases executive branch accountability.
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Federal agencies must submit a report to Congress on how many records theysubmit to NICS.
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Attorney General must report to Congress on gun prosecutions.
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Top official at DOJ must personally approve any Fast and Furious programs(selling guns to criminals).
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Clarifies that ATF can’t collect information on purchases of certain rifles insouthwest border states.
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Requires report to Congress regarding ammunition purchases by federalagencies.
 
Initiates a study by National Institute of Justice and National Academy of Sciencesto solve mass shootings.
 
HEN13499 S.L.C.
 AMENDMENT NO.
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Calendar No.
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Purpose: To address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal BackgroundCheck System, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES—113th Cong., 1st Sess.
S. 649
To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant crimi-nal background check system and require a backgroundcheck for every firearm sale, and for other purposes.Referred to the Committee on
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andordered to be printedOrdered to lie on the table and to be printed A 
MENDMENT
intended to be proposed by Mr. G
RASSLEY 
(forhimself, Mr. C
RUZ
, Mr. G
RAHAM
, Mr. T
HUNE
, Ms. A 
 YOTTE
, Mr. H
OEVEN
, Mr. H
 ATCH
, Mr. F
LAKE
, Mr.C
OATS
, Mr. C
ORNYN
, Mr. R
OBERTS
, Mr. W 
ICKER
, Mr.J
OHNSON
of Wisconsin, Mr. I
NHOFE
, Mr. R
ISCH
, Mr.R
UBIO
, Ms. M
URKOWSKI
, and Mr. B
OOZMAN
) Viz:On page 1, line 3, strike ‘‘
SHORT
’’ and all that fol-
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lows through page 42, line 15, and insert the following:
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SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
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(a) S
HORT
T
ITLE
.—This Act may be cited as the
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‘‘Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second
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 Amendment Act of 2013’’.
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This is something that as a gun owner I could get behind and agree with. The only thing I would ask is that you add a provision protecting our rights from treaties with the UN/other countries that would infringe on our rights as well.
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