Ordinance 71041

Gun Background Check

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An ordinance establishing reporting requirements for dealers selling firearms to report failures of a background check system when a firearm purchase is denied within the limits of the City of St. Louis. In 2018, there were 1,419 aggravated assaults with a firearm in the City of St. Louis. To date, there have been more than 1,700 aggravated assaults with a firearm in the City. The increased use of guns and the flow of illegal guns into the City has negatively impacted the overall safety of the residents. Additionally, the State of Missouri does not require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties. The State also does not require firearms dealers to obtain a state license. In Missouri, all firearm transfers by licensed dealers are processed directly through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. If an applicant fails the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, there are no reporting requirements regarding the failed background check. This ordinance creates reporting requirements for those instances.


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Legislative History

Session: 2019-2020
Board Bill Number: 106
Primary Sponsor: Lewis E Reed
Co-Sponsors: Lisa Middlebrook
Tammika Hubbard
Christine Ingrassia
Jack Coatar
Annie Rice
Beth Murphy
Carol Howard
Marlene E Davis
John Collins-Muhammad
Jeffrey L Boyd
Joseph Vaccaro
Shameem C Hubbard
Pam Boyd
Heather Navarro
Committee: Public Safety
First Reading: 09/13/2019
Second Reading: 10/18/2019
Perfection: 10/25/2019
Third Reading: 11/01/2019
Effective Date: 11/13/2019

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