September 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has cosponsored S. 1854, the Federal Firearms Licensees Protection Act, a bill to strengthen penalties for thefts of firearms from retailers. The bill was introduced in the Senate this week by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.).
“Theft of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFLs) has increased substantially in the last five years,” Sen. Inhofe said. “By strengthening penalties, we can deter future burglaries and robberies of FFLs. This bill protects public safety and will decrease the number of guns falling into the hands of criminals.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 48 percent increase in the number of burglaries and a 175 percent in the number of robberies over the past five years. In 2016, about 7,758 firearms were stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) in burglaries and robberies.
The Federal Firearms Licensees Protection Act is supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).