Kaine Introduces New Firearms Transfer Legislation
September 16, 2015; United States Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has introduced legislation seeking curb “straw sales” and other firearms sales to prohibited persons under federal law. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act would require any transferor of a firearm to take “reasonable steps” to make sure that the firearm does not wind up in the hands of a person prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law. Senator Kaine has not elaborated on what “reasonable steps” would be required of firearms sellers. Federal law already prohibits the sale of firearms to a person the seller knows or has reasonable cause to believe is prohibited from owning a firearm. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act purports to require some undefined, affirmative act beyond the current federal requirements.