Jun 13 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis recently joined 22 of his Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2023 to address the unacceptably high number of “smash-and-grab” thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers by enhancing penalties for criminals who steal firearms from federally licensed firearms and ammunition dealers.

“We need to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals,” said Senator Tillis. “This commonsense legislation will help better protect federally licensed gun dealers from robberies and crack down on the criminals who break our laws and make our communities less safe.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reported that from 2017 to 2021, 5,395 FFL theft incidents were reported. During these incidents, a total of 34,339 firearms were stolen from FFLs. Theft from FFLs account for three percent of all firearms stolen in the United States, and many of these firearms end up being used in other crimes. 

The FFL Protection Act of 2023:

  • Increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years.
  • Imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL.
  • Criminalizes the attempted theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector.