List of All Pending Federal Firearms Legislation

The following list was compiled by Reddit user warhorseGR_QC and is reprinted here with permission. The original list included the author’s personal opinions on the individual pieces of legislation, but were removed for the purposes of this post. House first, then Senate . . .

HOUSE

  • H.R. 21 (Moran – VA) NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act of 2013 - to extend the Brady Law background check procedures to all sales and transfers of firearmsImpact: Expanded background checks to all purchases and transfers; AG can deny transfers to ‘terrorists’; Reporting of stolen firearms w/in 48 hours; Requirements on how states issue CHL’s including local PD approval.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 34 (Rush – IL) Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013 - To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposesImpact: Defines firearms as pistols and semi-automatic rifles w/detachable magazines; Requires all owners of firearms be licensed; 5 yr renewal period for licenses.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 35 (Stockman – TX) Safe Schools Act of 2013 - To restore safety to America’s schools.Impact: Repeals Gun Free School Zones
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 65 (Jackson Lee – TX) Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 - To prevent children’s access to firearmsImpact: Prohibits possession and transfer of pistols, semi-automatic “assault weapons”, and large capacity ammunition feeding devices to individuals under 21; Requires guns be sold with “safety device”; Sets new safe storage requirements for people with children; Requires adults accompany children in a gun show; Provides money for gun safety programs; Suggests that all schools in nation have firearm safety program.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 93 (Cicilline – RI) Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act - To restrict FFL’s with denied license renewal or license revocation to transfer business inventoryImpact: Prohibits FFL’s whose renewal has been denied or license has been revoked to transfer inventory to anyone other than another FFL whose license is valid; Requires notices of revocation or denied renewal outline these statutes.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 117 (Holt – NJ) Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013 - To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handgunsImpact: Requires license possess; Requires registration of handguns; Licensing and registration process to be determined by AG unless a state already has process that meets certain requirements outlined in text.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 133 (Massie – KY) Citizens Protection Act of 2013 - To repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act.Impact: Repeals Gun Free School Zones
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 137 (McCarthy – NY) Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 - To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale. Impact: Require reporting of persons prohibited from purchasing firearm to NICS and sets up penalties; Adds to definition of “adjudicated as mentally defective” (extended definition does not go in effect for 2 years); Requires all transfers be conducted through an FFL for a maximum fee of $15; Does not require records be kept by transferor, just FFL (consistent with current record keeping requirements); Sets exemptions for: gifts to immediate family, transfers via a will; temporary transfers for a persons protection, temporary transfers for hunting or shooting at range, other circumstances due to limited availability of a licensed authority or AG approval.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 138 (McCarthy – NY) Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act - To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposesImpact: Limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds (exempts 22lr tubular magazines); Exempts possession of magazines that are lawfully possessed by an individual before passing, but prohibits future transfer of existing “large capacity” magazines; Provides exemptions for LEO’s and retired LEO’s.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 141 (McCarthy – NY) Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 - To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows. Impact: Requires Registration of Gun Show Operators (with fee); Operators must report time, location, duration and a list of all vendors at a gun show 30 days prior to gun show; Operators must retain a ledger of all gun show vendors for as long as AG determines; Background check requirements on all purchases (NICS): Records kept according standard FFL transfers (just as if they sold the gun), No personal info kept, all tranfers reported to AG within 10 days; Sets Up Penalties.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 142 (McCarthy – NY) Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2013 - To require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition. Impact: Requires license to import, manufacture, or sell ammunition (seems to outlaw reloading?second opinion please); Requires logging of personal information for all ammo sales by dealer just as if a firearm was being purchased; Prevents shipping of ammunition to anyone other than a licensed dealer; Requires reporting of sale of over 1000 rounds of ammunition within a 5 day period to any single individual.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 226 (DeLauro – CT ) Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for surrendering to authorities certain assault weapons. Impact: Sets up tax credit of $2000 for turning in a legally possessed “assault weapon” (Credit to be distributed across 2 years taxes); Defines “assault weapon,” including list of named rifles or features; Expires after 2 years.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
  • H.R. 227 (Deutch – FL ) Buyback Our Safety Act - To establish a gun buyback grant program. Impact: Establishes a grant system for gun buybacks; Funds research to National Academy of Sciences to study guns likely to be used in violent crime in order to set prices during buyback.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 236 (Langevin – NY) Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2013 - To ensure greater accountability by licensed firearms dealers. Impact: Increases number of allowed dealer inspections within a given year from one to three; Increases maximum penalty from one to five years; Sets appeal process for dealers; Sets maximum civil penalty to $10,000 per violation; Authorizes hiring 50 additional personnel to carry out inspections;
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 238 (Meng – NY) Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act (Same as HR 93) - To restrict FFL’s with denied license renewal or license revocation to transfer business inventoryImpact: Prohibits FFL’s whose renewal has been denied or license has been revoked to transfer inventory to anyone other than another FFL whose license is valid; Requires notices of revocation or denied renewal outline these statutes.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • H.R. 321 (Maloney – NY) Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act of 2013 - To amend the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112-175) to permit research on firearms safety and gun violence..
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • H.R. 322 (Miller – FL) Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act - To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency with respect to certain sporting good articles, and to exempt those articles from a definition under that Act.Impact: Prevents EPA from regulating ammunition or sporting goods for fishing.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • H.R. 332 (Schiff – CA) Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act - To provide victims of gun violence access to the same civil remedies as are available to those injured through other means. Impact: Allows victims of gun violence to sue manufactures of firearms.
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R. 404 (Schiff – CA) To enhance criminal penalties for straw purchasers of firearms - Text not yet available
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R. 427 (Quigley – CA)[20] To prevent the illegal sale of firearms, and for other purpoes. - Text not yet available
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R. 431 (Speier- CA)[21] To restore certain authorities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to administer the firearms laws, and for other purposes. - Text not yet available
    Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

SENATE

  • S. 2 (Reid – NV) Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence Reduction Act To reduce violence and protect the citizens of the United States. Impact: Symbolic, sets up congressional agenda.
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 22 (Lautenberg – NJ) Gun Show Background Check Act of 2013 - To establish background check procedures for gun shows. Impact Much of text identical to H.R. 141; Requires Registration of Gun Show Promoters (with fee); Promoters must report time, location, duration and a list of all vendors at a gun show 30 days prior to gun show; Promoters must retain a ledger of all gun show vendors for as long as AG determines; Background check requirements on all purchases (NICS): Records kept according standard FFL transfers (just as if they sold the gun), No personal info kept, all tranfers reported to AG within 10 days; Sets Up Penalties; Senate version allows AG to require FFLs who facilitate gun transfers at a gun show report additional information (except personal information) within 10 days of the transfers.
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 33 (Lautenberg – NJ) A bill to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes. - Text not yet available but most likely similar to H. R. 138
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 34 (Lautenberg – NJ) A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists - Text not yet available.
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 35 (Lautenberg – NJ) A bill to require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition. - Text not yet available but most likely similar to H.R. 142.
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 54 (Leahy – VT) A bill to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking. - Text not yet available
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 147 (Leahy – VT) A bill to establish minimum standards for States that allow the carrying of concealed firearms. - Text not yet available
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • S. 150 (Feinstein – CA) 2013 Assault Weapons Ban - To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. Impact Defines Assault Weapons based upon 1 feature test and provides an explicit list; Ban’s the future manufacture and transfer of “assault-weapons” and magazines holding more than 10 rounds; Grandfathers existing “assault weapons” and requires a background check through a FFL to transfer them; Grandfathers existing magazines over 10 rounds; Establishes buyback program for grandfathered “assault weapons” and magazines; Provides a list of firearms many if not all of which would not have been affected by the ban as “exempted” firearms.
    Status: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
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Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

20 Responses to List of All Pending Federal Firearms Legislation

  1. avatarSkeev says:

    Thanks Ted Douche for wasting Florida money on the most worthless of legislation.

  2. avatarg says:

    As predicted, a crap load of legislation… most of which sounds useless.

    The two House bills coming out of TX sound like they have some merit, though. I doubt they’d survive the Senate, though.

    And the Senate bills will no doubt have trouble in the House.

    • avatarHuman Being says:

      You’re not talking about: “H.R. 65 (Jackson Lee – TX) Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 – To prevent children’s access to firearms. Impact: Prohibits possession and transfer of pistols, semi-automatic “assault weapons”, and large capacity ammunition feeding devices to individuals under 21; Requires guns be sold with “safety device”; Sets new safe storage requirements for people with children; Requires adults accompany children in a gun show; Provides money for gun safety programs; Suggests that all schools in nation have firearm safety program.” are you?

      The requirement that a gun be sold with a “safety device” is how we got S&W revolvers with useless locks in them. Government mandated “safe storage requirements” turns into “okay, you can own a gun, but it has to be wrapped in so many layers of barrier that you could never get to it in time to use it to protect yourself – otherwise you go to jail”. And government mandated school “gun safety” programs are damn well going to turn into anti-gun propaganda direct to your kids.

      I did have a school hunter’s safety class way back in HS; it was supported with material from the Missouri Conservation Agency, not Washington, and was factual and politically neutral.

      Oppose this bill with fire.

  3. avatarHuman Being says:

    I’m sorry, what’s the difference between H.R. 133 (Massie – KY) and H.R. 35 (Stockman – TX)? They both sound like they do the same thing and they both sound GREAT. So which do we support?

    • avatarJeff O. says:

      Both!

      Until there’s a clear winner. :)

      But I really like the wording in the TX bill:
      a) Findings- Congress finds–

      (1) that the Supreme Court has found language nearly identical to the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ to be unconstitutional;
      (2) that the enactment of the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ has been met with an almost uninterrupted series of horrific and tragic shootings at Columbine, Newtown and in other American schools;
      (3) that the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ has been a deadly failure. According to research by GeorgiaCarry.org, in the 22 years prior to enactment of the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ there were two school shootings in which four or more people were intentionally murdered in a short period of time, and in the 22 years after the enactment of the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ there have been 10 such school shootings;
      (4) that American schools had not been plagued with this succession of horrific shootings prior to the enactment of the `Gun Free School Zones Act’;
      (5) that horrific massacres on school campuses in Pearl, Mississippi, and southwestern Virginia, were averted by armed staff and students;
      (6) that none of the murderers in any of these horrific school shootings were deterred by the fact that, in addition to murder, gun possession was also illegal in those locations; and
      (7) that the reason that the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ has made American schools unsafe is that shooters now know that they can victimize American school campuses with no fear that victims will be armed.
      (b) Purpose- It is the purpose of this Act to restore safety to America’s schools by allowing staff, teachers, and administrators to defend the children and themselves.

  4. avatarProfBathrobe says:

    The bill you have listed as H.R. 237 is actually bill 236. You might want to change that.

  5. avatarSoccerchainsaw says:

    I hope somebody is keeping track of who is working for the dark side and who the good guys are. Come the next election cycle I may very well break my rule against donating money to politicians. Even a small check sends a message, if there are enough of them. My checks will not be limited to those running in my state. Wouldn’t it be nice if DiFi & Pelosi lost their next election? By the way, are there any states out of sync with the rest? Are there any Congressional races next year or are they all in 2014?

    • avatarSixpack70 says:

      I am planning to do the same. I met one of the NY assemblymen who stood up against the stupid NY law this week. I will be contributing to his reelection campaign when it comes up.

  6. avatarWilliam says:

    Whenever you post an article such as this one, could you PLEASE provide some aspirin? Too much to ask? All right, I’ll bring my own.

    That perv Moran; Old Dominioners need to find someone we like who can defeat that slimy booger…

  7. avatarTaurus609 says:

    Most if not all of these proposed bills have little to no co-sponsors. And when they do, it is always the same 5 to 15 co-conspirators, from NY, NJ, CT, CA, MA, VT etc. Oh, and Ill-noise!

  8. avatarSixpack70 says:

    Is this the death by a thousand cuts list? Even if a few of these pass, they will do little to keep anyone safe except for the “abolish gun free zones silliness”. The ten rounds bill needs to go down in flames. It is so arbitrary and has not been proven to do squat due to the conditions that the psycho shooters set up themselves in mass shootings. They pick the time, place and targets. Also, online sales of ammo are the only way to get certain types of ammo. I know when I lived in one city in Texas, only one store had 7.62x54R. One freaking store and they wanted $22/box of 20 for Wolf! Another way to screw citizens for no gain in safety. Additionally, I can only humanly carry so much ammo, Buying 1000+ rounds does not mean someone will be carrying that many rounds on them.

  9. avatarTrippy Canoe says:

    That was a blast from the past…. First saw that in 5th grade!

  10. avatarBill Singleton says:

    Why doesn’t someone sponsor a bill to outlaw politicians who waste taxpayers money on worthless legislation and deduct the cost from their salary each session. We need to form collective groups in each state that a House or Senate Representative that votes against the Second Amendment rights of citizens, when up for re-election is voted out and replaced by someone with brains.

  11. avatarLance says:

    Like I said it works keep the pressure up and say no to any ban!!! Call your Reps and Senators and say NO BANS!

  12. avatargastorgrab says:

    You forgot about the ‘Adorable Puppy & Kitten Act of 2013′, which prevents people from even speaking about firearms in favorable terms.

    (Why do these bills never have descriptive names?)

  13. avatarkb says:

    Aren’t 137 and 141 kinda the same thing (closing the private-sale “loophole”)?

    • avatarJeff O. says:

      That’s kind of the point.

      You shove a bunch of bills out and hope something sticks.

      I wish there were more Pro-gun bills being done this way.

  14. avatarGS650G says:

    When will we see new laws and penalties on criminals who use guns, illegals caught with firearms who shouldn’t be here and possess guns in the first place, and the biggie: Indictment of those responsible for transferring thousands of weapons to drug gangs in Mexico?

  15. avatarScotty says:

    Thanks so much for you’re spineless approach to defending our rights. Clearly government is nothing less than a limitation on the voice of the people.

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