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Cruz Wants Higher Prosecution Rates for Felons Attempting to Buy Firearms

US Attorney Offices have only prosecuted .096% of cases involving a felon attempting a firearm purchase.

While I don’t believe that any new gun laws would prevent any future mass shootings, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) does have legislation in the works that would work towards keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons.

Cruz pointed to the example of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, noting that the shooter had lied on his background check information concerning previous felonies. He believes that if the shooter had been prosecuted by the federal government for circumventing , he would have ended up in prison and unable to commit that heinous crime.

The Cruz bill would create a new task force within the Department of Justice that would focus on prosecuting felons who try to purchase a firearm.

As Jack Fink stated:

If someone lies on a background check application, they can be prosecuted and sent to prison for up to 10 years. But a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in September 2018 found that few people who are denied the ability to buy a firearm are prosecuted.

The report said some 112,000 applicants were denied in fiscal year 2017 and that more than 12,500 cases were referred by the ATF to its field offices for further investigation.

The GAO found United States Attorney Offices had prosecuted only 12 cases as of June 2018.

Like conservatives, Cruz does not believe that any new gun laws proposed by Democrats after the most recent spate of shootings would have prevented those tragedies.

I think that prosecution of felons attempting to illegally obtain a firearm is an excellent place to start. Laws are useless if they are not prosecuted when they are broken.

Cruz also addressed the recent move towards red flag laws, saying that:

They must not violate anyone’s due process rights.

“How it’s designed makes a huge difference but I think it should be at the state level. I think it shouldn’t be the federal government imposing a solution on the whole country.”

I agree with most of Senator Cruz’ positions but this is one that I cannot get behind. Red flag laws, regardless of any “safeguards” could still be abused. Recently, Florida’s Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), which is a red flag law, a man lost his 2nd Amendment rights because he had a name in common with an actual criminal. Red flag laws can be, and will be abused if they are ever enacted at any level.


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