An Act Regarding the Sale of Firearms at Gun Shows
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2013 is enacted to read:
§ 2013. Operation of gun show
(1) The purpose of which is to facilitate the purchase and sale of firearms;
(2) At which 3 or more vendors of firearms offer firearms for sale; and
(3) At which 25 or more firearms are offered for sale.
"A national instant criminal background check must be completed prior to each firearm sale or transfer, including a sale or transfer of a rifle or shotgun."
The operator of a gun show shall post signs stating the message described in this paragraph at all entrances to the gun show;
This bill requires that a national instant criminal background check be performed prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm at a gun show. The bill makes a gun show operator responsible for any failure to perform a required background check and subject to a fine of up to $10,000 for each such failure. The bill also requires gun show operators to post signs at gun shows to notify exhibitors of the background check requirement and requires gun show operators to provide unlicensed sellers and transferors with access to licensed sellers and transferors who will undertake the required background checks.