Federal - HR 8

A bill to require a background check for every firearm sale.

Introduced

January 8, 2019

Description

A bill to require a background check for every firearm sale.

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 232

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  • March 5, 2019Katko, R-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.99, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E248

  • March 4, 2019 — Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under the provisions of Rule XIV. Congressional Record p. S1619, S1633

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.99, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E232

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.97, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E232

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.98, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E232

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.96, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E232

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E231

  • Feb. 28, 2019Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E231

  • Feb. 27, 2019Adam Smith, D-Wash., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E222

  • Feb. 27, 2019Adam Smith, D-Wash., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E222

  • Feb. 27, 2019Wagner, R-Mo., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E217

  • Feb. 27, 2019Wagner, R-Mo., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E217

  • Feb. 27, 2019House Vote 99 Expanding Firearm Background Checks — Passage
    Passage of the bill that would require most purchasers of firearms to undergo a background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), including all sales and transfers of firearms through public and private purchases. The bill would specify instances in which a background check could be foregone at the time of a firearm's transfer, including when transferred as a loan or gift between family members, when transferred for hunting or fishing purposes, or when transferred for use in a shooting range, so long as the weapon remains in the presence of its owner. The bill's requirements for background checks would not apply to the transfer of firearms to law enforcement personnel, including any law enforcement agency, armed private security professional, or member of the armed forces, insofar as the transfer is associated with official duties. Passed 240-190. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position. Congressional Record p. H2263

  • Feb. 27, 2019 — House Judiciary Committee-reported amendment adopted by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H2262

  • Feb. 27, 2019House Vote 98 Expanding Firearm Background Checks — Recommit
    Collins, R-Ga., motion to recommit the bill to the House Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would require that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when a background check for an individual seeking to purchase a firearm finds that the individual is an undocumented immigrant. Motion agreed to 220-209. Congressional Record p. H2260-H2262

  • Feb. 27, 2019 — Van Drew, D-N.J., amendment no. 4 that would clarify that the exemption from the bill's background check requirements for transfer of a firearm between parents and children includes transfers between step-parents and step-children, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2258-H2259

  • Feb. 27, 2019House Vote 97 Expanding Firearm Background Checks — Imminent Danger Exemption
    Horn, D-Okla., amendment that would clarify that the exemption from the bill's background check requirements in the case of temporary transfer to prevent death or great bodily harm would include cases of domestic violence or abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 310-119. Congressional Record p. H2260

  • Feb. 27, 2019 — Dean, D-Pa., amendment no. 2 that would clarify that the exemption from the bill's background check requirements in the case of temporary transfer to prevent death or great bodily harm applies in cases of potential harm to an individual's self as well as to others, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2256-H2257

  • Feb. 27, 2019House Vote 96 Expanding Firearm Background Checks — TSA Pre-Check Exemption
    Lesko, R-Ariz., amendment that would exempt from the bill's background check requirements any transfer of firearms to participants in Homeland Security Department-trusted traveler programs. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 182-250. Congressional Record p. H2254-H2256, H2259

  • Feb. 27, 2019 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H2242-H2263

  • Feb. 26, 2019S. King, R-Iowa, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H2130

  • Feb. 26, 2019S. King, R-Iowa, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H2130

  • Feb. 26, 2019S. King, R-Iowa, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H2130

  • Feb. 26, 2019S. King, R-Iowa, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H2130

  • Feb. 26, 2019Cohen, D-Tenn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.91, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E212

  • Feb. 26, 2019Cohen, D-Tenn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.90, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E212

  • Feb. 26, 2019House Vote 91 Measures Expanding Background Checks — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 145) that would provide for House floor consideration of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (HR 8) and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (HR 1112). Adopted 227-194.

  • Feb. 26, 2019House Vote 90 Measures Expanding Background Checks — Previous Question
    Raskin, D-Md., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 145) that would provide for House floor consideration of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (HR 8) and the Enhanced Background Checks Act (HR 1112). Motion agreed to 229-191.

  • Feb. 26, 2019 — House rule, H Res 145, agreed to by roll call vote, 227-194. Congressional Record p. H2128

  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 145, reported to the House as a rule for HR 8.

  • Feb. 25, 2019Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • Feb. 25, 2019 — House Rules Committee granted a structured rule providing for consideration of the bill. Congressional Record p. H2068

  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Full committee proceeding held by the House Rules Committee.

  • Feb. 22, 2019 — Reported to the House amended by the House Judiciary Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 116-11Congressional Record p. H2045-H2046

  • Feb. 22, 2019 — Reported to the House amended by the House Judiciary Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 116-11Congressional Record p. H2045-H2046

  • Feb. 19, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cunningham, (D-S.C.)
  • Feb. 13, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Judiciary Committee.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Substitute Amendment
    D. Collins, R-Ga. —

    Substitute amendment that would establish a Mass Violence Prevention Center at the Justice Department that would collect and analyze intelligence pertaining to mass violence and plan and coordinate efforts to prevent it.

    Substitute amendment that would establish a Mass Violence Prevention Center at the Justice Department that would collect and analyze intelligence pertaining to mass violence and plan and coordinate efforts to prevent it.

    Ruled not germane. Note: <p>Cicilline, D-R.I., raised a point of order that the Sewell amendment was not germane.</p>

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Concealed Carry Permit Holders Exemption
      Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. —

    Amendment that would exempt concealed carry permit holders from the background check required for firearm sales.

    Amendment that would exempt concealed carry permit holders from the background check required for firearm sales.

    Rejected 13-21.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Exemption for Certain Gun Trades
      Gohmert, R-Texas —

    Amendment that would exempt from the mandatory background check requirement transfers between lawful gun owners.

    Amendment that would exempt from the mandatory background check requirement transfers between lawful gun owners.

    Rejected 12-17.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Gun Rights
      Buck, R-Colo. —

    Amendment that would direct the president to make available "such sums as are necessary" to implement current law that allows a person convicted of a non-violent felony to petition the Justice Department for restoration of rights to own a gun if they can present evidence that they are not a danger to the public.

    Amendment that would direct the president to make available "such sums as are necessary" to implement current law that allows a person convicted of a non-violent felony to petition the Justice Department for restoration of rights to own a gun if they can present evidence that they are not a danger to the public.

    Ruled not germane 0-0. Note: <p>Johnson, D-Ga., raised a point of order that the Buck amendment was not germane.</p>

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Motion to Table
    H. Johnson, D-Ga. —

    Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Buck, R-Colo., amendment was not germane. The Buck amendment would direct the president to make available "such sums as are necessary" to implement current law that allows a person convicted of a non-violent felony to petition the Justice Department for restoration of rights to own a gun if they can present evidence that they are not a danger to the public.

    Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Buck, R-Colo., amendment was not germane. The Buck amendment would direct the president to make available "such sums as are necessary" to implement current law that allows a person convicted of a non-violent felony to petition the Justice Department for restoration of rights to own a gun if they can present evidence that they are not a danger to the public.

    Agreed to 16-10. Note: <p>Johnson, D-Ga., raised a point of order that the Buck amendment was not germane.</p>

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Background Check Fees Cap
    Buck, R-Colo. —

    Amendment to the Gaetz, R-Fla., amendment that would direct the attorney general to promulgate regulations to cap fee for background checks for firearm sales at $0 if the background check takes more than 24 hours to complete as long as the purchaser is ultimately approved.

    Amendment to the Gaetz, R-Fla., amendment that would direct the attorney general to promulgate regulations to cap fee for background checks for firearm sales at $0 if the background check takes more than 24 hours to complete as long as the purchaser is ultimately approved.

    Adopted.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Background Check Fee Cap
      Gaetz, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would direct the attorney general to promulgate regulations to cap the fee for background checks for firearm sales at $0 if the background check takes more than 24 hours to complete and is ultimately approved.

    Amendment that would direct the attorney general to promulgate regulations to cap the fee for background checks for firearm sales at $0 if the background check takes more than 24 hours to complete and is ultimately approved.

    Rejected (as amended) 15-18.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — ICE Notification
      Cline, R-Va. —

    Amendment that would require the attorney general to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on notifications under the national instant criminal background check system to individuals who were notified that they were ineligible to purchase a firearm because the information in the system indicates that the individual is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.

    Amendment that would require the attorney general to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on notifications under the national instant criminal background check system to individuals who were notified that they were ineligible to purchase a firearm because the information in the system indicates that the individual is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.

    Ruled not germane 0-0. Note: <p>Johnson, D-Ga., raised a point of order that the Buck amendment was not germane.</p>

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Motion to Table
    Jackson Lee, D-Texas —

    Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Cline, R-Va., amendment was not germane. The Cline amendment would require the attorney general to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on notifications under the national instant criminal background check system to those notified that they were ineligible to purchase a firearm because the information in the system indicates that the individual is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.

    Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Cline, R-Va., amendment was not germane. The Cline amendment would require the attorney general to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on notifications under the national instant criminal background check system to those notified that they were ineligible to purchase a firearm because the information in the system indicates that the individual is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.

    Agreed to 19-14. Note: <p>Johnson, D-Ga., raised a point of order that the Cline amendment was not germane.</p>

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Law Enforcement Exemption
      Chabot, R-Ohio —

    Amendment that would exempt from the background check requirement transfers of firearms to law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry a firearm as part of their job duties.

    Amendment that would exempt from the background check requirement transfers of firearms to law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry a firearm as part of their job duties.

    Rejected 9-19.

    Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Exemption for Certain Transfers
      M. Johnson, R-La. —

    Amendment that would strike language that would allow for exemptions from background checks for the transfer of a firearm to be used exclusively:

    • At a shooting range, in a shooting gallery or other area designated for target shooting.
    • For hunting, trapping or fishing if the firearm owner doesn't believe recipient intends to use the firearm in a place where it is illegal; and believes that the recipient will comply with all licensing and permit requirements for such hunting, trapping or fishing;
    • In the presence of the firearm owner.

    Amendment that would strike language that would allow for exemptions from background checks for the transfer of a firearm to be used exclusively:

    • At a shooting range, in a shooting gallery or other area designated for target shooting.
    • For hunting, trapping or fishing if the firearm owner doesn't believe recipient intends to use the firearm in a place where it is illegal; and believes that the recipient will comply with all licensing and permit requirements for such hunting, trapping or fishing;
    • In the presence of the firearm owner.
    • Rejected 11-18.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Gun Rights
        Biggs, R-Ariz. —

      Amendment that would add language to express the sense of Congress that Second Amendment rights should not be restricted by "burdensome payments" or delays in background checks for the lawful transfer of firearms.

      Amendment that would add language to express the sense of Congress that Second Amendment rights should not be restricted by "burdensome payments" or delays in background checks for the lawful transfer of firearms.

      Rejected 13-20.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Procedural Matter — Motion to Adjourn
      Gaetz, R-Fla. —

      Motion to adjourn.

      Motion to adjourn.

      Rejected 13-20.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Reporting of Failed Background Checks
        Steube, R-Fla. —

      Amendment that would require law enforcement, including the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, to be notified when an immigrant in the country illegally is stopped by a background check from purchasing a firearm.

      Amendment that would require law enforcement, including the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, to be notified when an immigrant in the country illegally is stopped by a background check from purchasing a firearm.

      Rejected 14-20.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Domestic Violence Victims Exemption
        Gaetz, R-Fla. —

      Amendment to the Lesko, R-Ariz., amendment that would strike language to exempt from background checks for firearm sales victims of domestic violence "who still feels threatened by the perpetrator" and replace it with language to exempt victims of domestic violence who are protected under a court order.

      Amendment to the Lesko, R-Ariz., amendment that would strike language to exempt from background checks for firearm sales victims of domestic violence "who still feels threatened by the perpetrator" and replace it with language to exempt victims of domestic violence who are protected under a court order.

      Adopted by unanimous consent.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Domestic Violence Victims Exemption
        Lesko, R-Ariz. —

      Amendment that would exempt from background checks for firearm sales victims of domestic violence who are protected under a court order.

      Amendment that would exempt from background checks for firearm sales victims of domestic violence who are protected under a court order.

      Rejected (as amended) 15-19.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Exemption for Certain Transfers
        Reschenthaler, R-Pa. —

      Amendment that would exempt from background checks the transfer of firearms from people who believe they may be a danger to themselves or others to someone who is legally permitted to possess a firearm.

      Amendment that would exempt from background checks the transfer of firearms from people who believe they may be a danger to themselves or others to someone who is legally permitted to possess a firearm.

      Rejected 15-20.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Exemption for Hunting and Other Activities
        Armstrong, R-N.D. —

      Amendment that would exempt from required background checks for temporary firearm transfers, those transfers that are exclusively for hunting, trapping, fishing, ranching, farming or target practice. It also would strike language that would require that the transferor, in order to qualify for the exemption, have no reason to believe that the recipient intends to use the firearm in a place where it is illegal and has reason to believe that the transferee will comply with all licensing and permitting requirements for such hunting, trapping or fishing.

      Amendment that would exempt from required background checks for temporary firearm transfers, those transfers that are exclusively for hunting, trapping, fishing, ranching, farming or target practice. It also would strike language that would require that the transferor, in order to qualify for the exemption, have no reason to believe that the recipient intends to use the firearm in a place where it is illegal and has reason to believe that the transferee will comply with all licensing and permitting requirements for such hunting, trapping or fishing.

      Ruled not germane 15-23.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Substitute Amendment
        Deutch, D-Fla. —

      Substitute amendment that would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Substitute amendment that would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Ruled out of order. Note: <p>Collins, R-Ga., raised a point of order that the Deutch, D-Fla., amendment violated committee rules about substitute amendments.</p>

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Motion to Table
      Lofgren, D-Calif. —

      Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Deutch, D-Fla., amendment violated committee rules about substitute amendments. The Deutch amendment would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Motion to table the Collins, R-Ga., motion to appeal the ruling of the chairman that the Deutch, D-Fla., amendment violated committee rules about substitute amendments. The Deutch amendment would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Agreed to 22-15.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Procedural Matter — Previous Question
      Swalwell, D-Calif. —

      Motion to order the previous question on the Deutch, D-Fla., substitute amendment. The Deutch amendment would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Motion to order the previous question on the Deutch, D-Fla., substitute amendment. The Deutch amendment would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Agreed to 23-15.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Substitute Amendment
      Deutch, D-Fla. —

      Substitute amendment that would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Substitute amendment that would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days, rather than 180 days, after its enactment.

      Adopted 23-15.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Vote to Approve

      Require federal background checks for firearm sales by an unlicensed dealer to someone who is not an unlicensed dealer, except when it is a:

      • Law enforcement officer acting within scope of official duties.
      • Loan or gift between family members.
      • Part of an estate after a death.
      • Temporary transfer to prevent imminent death or harm.
      • Transfers approved by the attorney general in accordance with regulations under tax law.
      • Temporary transfer if the transferor has no reason to believe the recipient will use or intends to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law and the possession of the firearm is exclusively: at shooting ranges or other area designated for target shooting; for hunting, trapping or fishing.

      It also would specify that if a transfer, in accordance with the bill, will not be completed that the return of the firearm would not constitute a transfer.

      It also would allow the attorney general to implement the bill's provisions with regulations, but would bar such regulations to:

      • Include provisions to require licenses to facilitate such transfers.
      • Require persons not licensed as an importer, manufacturer or dealer to keep records of background checks or firearms transfers.
      • Place a cap on the fee licensees may charge to facilitate transfers.

      It also would specify that the bill would not authorize the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry or to interfere with states authority to enact laws on firearm transfers between unlicensed dealers.

      As amended, it would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days after its enactment.

      Require federal background checks for firearm sales by an unlicensed dealer to someone who is not an unlicensed dealer, except when it is a:

    • Law enforcement officer acting within scope of official duties.
    • Loan or gift between family members.
    • Part of an estate after a death.
    • Temporary transfer to prevent imminent death or harm.
    • Transfers approved by the attorney general in accordance with regulations under tax law.
    • Temporary transfer if the transferor has no reason to believe the recipient will use or intends to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law and the possession of the firearm is exclusively: at shooting ranges or other area designated for target shooting; for hunting, trapping or fishing.
    • It also would specify that if a transfer, in accordance with the bill, will not be completed that the return of the firearm would not constitute a transfer.

      It also would allow the attorney general to implement the bill's provisions with regulations, but would bar such regulations to:

    • Include provisions to require licenses to facilitate such transfers.
    • Require persons not licensed as an importer, manufacturer or dealer to keep records of background checks or firearms transfers.
    • Place a cap on the fee licensees may charge to facilitate transfers.
    • It also would specify that the bill would not authorize the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry or to interfere with states authority to enact laws on firearm transfers between unlicensed dealers.

      As amended, it would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days after its enactment.

      approved, as amended.

      Feb. 13, 2019 — Committee Vote: Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Sales — Vote to Report

      Require federal background checks for firearm sales by an unlicensed dealer to someone who is not an unlicensed dealer, except when it is a:

      • Law enforcement officer acting within scope of official duties.
      • Loan or gift between family members.
      • Part of an estate after a death.
      • Temporary transfer to prevent imminent death or harm.
      • Transfers approved by the attorney general in accordance with regulations under tax law.
      • Temporary transfer if the transferor has no reason to believe the recipient will use or intends to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law and the possession of the firearm is exclusively: at shooting ranges or other area designated for target shooting; for hunting, trapping or fishing.

      It also would specify that if a transfer, in accordance with the bill, will not be completed that the return of the firearm would not constitute a transfer.

      It also would allow the attorney general to implement the bill's provisions with regulations, but would bar such regulations to:

      • Include provisions to require licenses to facilitate such transfers.
      • Require persons not licensed as an importer, manufacturer or dealer to keep records of background checks or firearms transfers.
      • Place a cap on the fee licensees may charge to facilitate transfers.

      It also would specify that the bill would not authorize the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry or to interfere with states authority to enact laws on firearm transfers between unlicensed dealers.

      As amended, it would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days after its enactment.

      Require federal background checks for firearm sales by an unlicensed dealer to someone who is not an unlicensed dealer, except when it is a:

    • Law enforcement officer acting within scope of official duties.
    • Loan or gift between family members.
    • Part of an estate after a death.
    • Temporary transfer to prevent imminent death or harm.
    • Transfers approved by the attorney general in accordance with regulations under tax law.
    • Temporary transfer if the transferor has no reason to believe the recipient will use or intends to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law and the possession of the firearm is exclusively: at shooting ranges or other area designated for target shooting; for hunting, trapping or fishing.
    • It also would specify that if a transfer, in accordance with the bill, will not be completed that the return of the firearm would not constitute a transfer.

      It also would allow the attorney general to implement the bill's provisions with regulations, but would bar such regulations to:

    • Include provisions to require licenses to facilitate such transfers.
    • Require persons not licensed as an importer, manufacturer or dealer to keep records of background checks or firearms transfers.
    • Place a cap on the fee licensees may charge to facilitate transfers.
    • It also would specify that the bill would not authorize the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry or to interfere with states authority to enact laws on firearm transfers between unlicensed dealers.

      As amended, it would stipulate that the bill's provisions would take effect 210 days after its enactment.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 23-15.

  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Schrader, (D-Ore.)
  • Feb. 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Finkenauer, (D-Iowa)
  • Jan. 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Slotkin, (D-Mich.)
  • Jan. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Fletcher, (D-Texas)Sablan, (I-N. Marianas)
  • Jan. 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Axne, (D-Iowa)
  • Jan. 22, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Bass, (D-Calif.)Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.)
    Davids, (D-Kan.)Thompson, B. (D-Miss.)
  • Jan. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 18

    Barragan, (D-Calif.)Costa, (D-Calif.)Jayapal, (D-Wash.)
    Case, (D-Hawaii)Cox, (D-Calif.)Kaptur, (D-Ohio)
    Castro, (D-Texas)Delgado, (D-N.Y.)Loebsack, (D-Iowa)
    Clay, (D-Mo.)Doggett, (D-Texas)Meeks, (D-N.Y.)
    Cleaver (D-Mo.)Gomez, (D-Calif.)Ruiz, (D-Calif.)
    Clyburn, (D-S.C.)Green, A. (D-Texas)San Nicolas, (D-Guam)
  • Jan. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 12

    Blunt Rochester, (D-Del.)Heck, (D-Wash.)Neal, (D-Mass.)
    Butterfield, (D-N.C.)Jeffries, (D-N.Y.)Spanberger, (D-Va.)
    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Krishnamoorthi, (D-Ill.)Torres, (D-Calif.)
    Craig, (D-Minn.)Lamb, (D-Pa.)Underwood, (D-Ill.)
  • Jan. 15, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Davis, D. (D-Ill.)Fudge, (D-Ohio)Lee, (D-Nev.)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Harder, (D-Calif.)
  • Jan. 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Aguilar, (D-Calif.)Chu, (D-Calif.)Plaskett, (D-V.I.)
    Allred, (D-Texas)Demings, (D-Fla.)Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
    Bera, (D-Calif.)Foster, (D-Ill.)
  • Jan. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Carson, (D-Ind.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)Waters, Maxine (D-Calif.)
    Luria, (D-Va.)Payne (D-N.J.)
  • Jan. 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 18

    Beatty, (D-Ohio)Grijalva, (D-Ariz.)Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)
    Casten, (D-Ill.)Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Price, (D-N.C.)
    Castor, (D-Fla.)Kennedy, Joseph P. (D-Mass.)Schiff, (D-Calif.)
    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Kim, (D-N.J.)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
    Escobar, (D-Texas)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)
    Garamendi, (D-Calif.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Visclosky, (D-Ind.)
  • Jan. 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 146

    Adams, (D-N.C.)Huffman, (D-Calif.)Porter, (D-Calif.)
    Beyer (D-Va.)Johnson, E.B. (D-Texas)Pressley, (D-Mass.)
    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Keating, (D-Mass.)Quigley, (D-Ill.)
    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)Khanna, (D-Calif.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Kildee, (D-Mich.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
    Brown, A. (D-Md.)Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Richmond, (D-La.)
    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Kirkpatrick, (D-Ariz.)Rose, (D-N.Y.)
    Bustos, (D-Ill.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Rouda, (D-Calif.)
    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)Larsen, R. (D-Wash.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)Larson, J. (D-Conn.)Ruppersberger, (D-Md.)
    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)Lawrence, (D-Mich.)Rush, (D-Ill.)
    Cisneros, (D-Calif.)Lawson, (D-Fla.)Ryan, T. (D-Ohio)
    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Lee, B. (D-Calif.)Sanchez, (D-Calif.)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Levin, (D-Mich.)Sarbanes, (D-Md.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Levin, (D-Calif.)Scanlon, (D-Pa.)
    Cooper, (D-Tenn.)Lewis, John (D-Ga.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
    Correa, (D-Calif.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Schneider, (D-Ill.)
    Courtney, (D-Conn.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Schrier, (D-Wash.)
    Crist, (D-Fla.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)Scott, D. (D-Ga.)
    Crow, (D-Colo.)Lowey, (D-N.Y.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
    Cummings, (D-Md.)Lynch, (D-Mass.)Serrano, (D-N.Y.)
    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)Shalala, (D-Fla.)
    Dean, (D-Pa.)Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Sherrill, (D-N.J.)
    DeGette, (D-Colo.)Maloney, S.P. (D-N.Y.)Sires, (D-N.J.)
    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Matsui, (D-Calif.)Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    DeSaulnier, (D-Calif.)McEachin, (D-Va.)Speier, (D-Calif.)
    Deutch, (D-Fla.)McNerney, (D-Calif.)Stanton, (D-Ariz.)
    Dingell, (D-Mich.)Meng, (D-N.Y.)Stevens, (D-Mich.)
    Doyle, (D-Pa.)Moore, (D-Wis.)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
    Engel, (D-N.Y.)Morelle, (D-N.Y.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)Takano, (D-Calif.)
    Espaillat, (D-N.Y.)Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
    Evans, (D-Pa.)Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)Tlaib, (D-Mich.)
    Frankel, (D-Fla.)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
    Gabbard, (D-Hawaii)Neguse, (D-Colo.)Trahan, (D-Mass.)
    Gallego, (D-Ariz.)Norcross, (D-N.J.)Trone, (D-Md.)
    Garcia, (D-Ill.)Norton, (D-D.C.)Vargas, (D-Calif.)
    Garcia, (D-Texas)O'Halleran, (D-Ariz.)Veasey, (D-Texas)
    Gottheimer, (D-N.J.)Omar, (D-Minn.)Vela, (D-Texas)
    Haaland, (D-N.M.)Pallone (D-N.J.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
    Hastings, (D-Fla.)Panetta, (D-Calif.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Hayes, (D-Conn.)Pappas, (D-N.H.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
    Hill, (D-Calif.)Perlmutter, (D-Colo.)Wexton, (D-Va.)
    Himes, (D-Conn.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)Wild, (D-Pa.)
    Horsford, (D-Nev.)Phillips, (D-Minn.)Wilson, F. (D-Fla.)
    Houlahan, (D-Pa.)Pingree, (D-Maine)Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
    Hoyer, (D-Md.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
  • Jan. 8, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 9

    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)King, P. (R-N.Y.)Nadler, (D-N.Y.)
    Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)Mast, (R-Fla.)Smith, C. (R-N.J.)
    Kelly, R. (D-Ill.)McBath, (D-Ga.)Upton, (R-Mich.)
  • Jan. 8, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Judiciary.Congressional Record p. H280