Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 - Amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NICS Act) to modify the periods during which penalties are applicable to states... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 3, 2013

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Nation

328 Supporting
3323 Opposing
9% 91%

State: CA

35 Supporting
221 Opposing
14% 86%

District: 1st

0 Supporting
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To require the so-called "universal background check" also means to create a national firearms registry. History has repeatedly shown that registration leads to confiscation. This bill would have done nothing to stop the Newtown massacre, the Aurora shootings, or even Columbine. It simply further restricts the law-abiding citizens, and prepares for future confiscation. We strongly oppose this bill.

H.R. 137 would require a background check for every firearm sale and “ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system.” The bill also changes the definition of the term “adjudicated as a mental defective” for National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) purposes to include the definition found in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 as well as “an order by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, in response to mental illness, incompetency, or marked subnormal intelligence, be compelled to receive services including counseling, medication, or testing to determine compliance with prescribed medications; and not including testing for use of alcohol or for abuse of any controlled substance or other drug.” The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS

Florida Carry 2 years ago

H.R. 137 would require a background check for every firearm sale and “ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system.” The bill also changes the definition of the term “adjudicated as a mental defective” for National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) purposes to include the definition found in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 as well as “an order by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, in response to mental illness, incompetency, or marked subnormal intelligence, be compelled to receive services including counseling, medication, or testing to determine compliance with prescribed medications; and not including testing for use of alcohol or for abuse of any controlled substance or other drug.” The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS.

H.R. 137 would require a background check for every firearm sale and “ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system.” The bill also changes the definition of the term “adjudicated as a mental defective” for National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) purposes to include the definition found in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 as well as “an order by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, in response to mental illness, incompetency, or marked subnormal intelligence, be compelled to receive services including counseling, medication, or testing to determine compliance with prescribed medications; and not including testing for use of alcohol or for abuse of any controlled substance or other drug.” The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS.

Users Supporting

I support The Fix Gun Checks Act because I support any legislation that helps keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally impaired.

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NV
1
imnlv
NV-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 because, even though it provides very little improvement over existing regulation, its effect distinguishes criminals as separate from responsible citizens.

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IN
5
Anonymous364647
IN-5
1 year ago

I support H.R. 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 because everyone who should never own a firearm should be listed in the database for instant checking. Otherwise, my family and I will continue to be threatened by these risks.

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MA
7
Ned_Flaherty
MA-7
2 years ago

I support H.R. 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 because...I have absolutely no problem having a national database for criminals who are not entitled to have guns, and using that database for a quick background check. That is a sensible step toward keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. However, checks and balances must be included to keep this database up to date and NOT include average law abiding citizens.

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TN
2
MaggieW5209
TN-2
2 years ago

I support H.R. 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 because...I think this is a step in the right direction. However, I would ask you to consider amending Title 2 to require EITHER background check or verification of carry permit. This way, law-abiding citizens who have ALREADY been checked don't need to keep paying for a background check every time they make a purchase.

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TN
2
Anonymous2866327
TN-2
2 years ago

I support H.R. 137: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 because it is common-sense reform. This bill will keep guns out of the hands of those who cannot pass background checks, and get around them by purchasing guns at gun shows. This will not infringe on anyone's 2nd Amendment right unless they cannot pass a background check. I support this bill because I am a mother of a 5 year old boy who is starting kindergarten in August, and a 3 year old girl. I support this bill because I am a teacher. I support this bill because if we can save one life through stronger background checks, we should.

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NC
8
shs1707
NC-8
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because...NO MORE GUN LAWS, period. WILL VOTE YOU OUT!

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CA
31
fireaid
CA-31
10 months ago

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because...H.R. 137 would require a background check for every firearm sale and “ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system.” The bill also changes the definition of the term “adjudicated as a mental defective” for National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) purposes to include the definition found in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 as well as “an order by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, in response to mental illness, incompetency, or marked subnormal intelligence, be compelled to receive services including counseling, medication, or testing to determine compliance with prescribed medications; and not including testing for use of alcohol or for abuse of any controlled substance or other drug.” The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS

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KY
1
KyVette
KY-1
11 months ago

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because this is an overreach. I think the NICS system should be fixed, but, the private sale of property should not be included. Several thousand are turned away each year due to erroneous information or similar names.

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TN
6
BruceBracy
TN-6
1 year ago

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because...This is yet one more stepping stone bill towards confiscation. My second amendment rights have been twisted and battered. I can't even will my guns to another family member. I say back off on the persecution of law abiding citizens. What do you say we worry about the terrorists crossing our borders every day and not the disarming of the citizens.

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CT
3
TeaPartyMarine
CT-3
1 year ago

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because its not going to stop criminals from getting guns! Spend time on fixing the economy instead of on the gun issue. Americans need to be armed against the criminal element...whether on the streets or in government.

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NC
11
Waninahi1
NC-11
1 year ago

I oppose The Fix Gun Checks Act because...The 2nd Amendment “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Infringe – to fail to obey a law or regulation or observe the terms of an agreement; to take over land, rights, privileges, or activities that belong to somebody else, ESPECIALLY IN A MINOR OR GRADUAL WAY. Encarta Dictionary (emphasis added) Synonym – Break; Disobey; Breach; Violate; Contravene; Flout Any limit; requirement; stipulation placed on the people (citizenry) in an infringement; and therefore unconstitutional.

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NC
4
RevRob
NC-4
1 year ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 - Amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NICS Act) to modify the periods during which penalties are applicable to states that do not make certain records pertaining to firearms eligibility electronically available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICBCS). Repeals provisions authorizing the Attorney General to waive certain penalties if a state provides substantial evidence that it is making a reasonable effort to provide such records. Directs the Attorney General to publish, and make available on a publicly accessible website, an annual report that ranks states by the ratio of number of records submitted by each state to the estimated total number of available records of the state. Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to: (1) require the head of each federal agency to submit to the Attorney General, biannually, a written certification indicating whether the agency has provided pertinent information contained in any agency record demonstrating that a person falls within a category of persons prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law; and (2) include a federal court as a federal department or agency, and require the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to perform the functions of a department or agency head, for purposes of such Act. Amends the federal criminal code to define the terms "adjudicated as a mental defective" and "committed to a mental institution" for purposes of federal firearms provisions. Prohibits an individual so adjudicated before the effective date of this Act from applying for relief from disability under the NICS Act on the basis that the individual does not meet the requirements under such definition. Prohibits a person who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to, or receiving a firearm from, another unlicensed person, except: (1) through a licensed dealer, which shall conduct a background check through the NICBCS; and (2) after inspecting a permit that confirms that such background check has been conducted. Specifies exceptions, including for: (1) the transfer of a bona fide gift between immediate family members; (2) a transfer that occurs by operation of law or by an executor or trustee because of the death of another person; (3) a temporary transfer that occurs in the home of the unlicensed transferee who believes that possession of the firearm is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to the transferee; and (4) certain temporary transfers without the transfer of title at a shooting range, at a shooting competition, or while hunting, fishing, or trapping. Prohibits an unlicensed transferee from receiving a firearm from an unlicensed transferor if the licensed dealer through which the transfer is made receives a notification from the NICBCS that the transfer is prohibited. Sets forth requirements for a licensed dealer that assists in such transfer, including requirements to: (1) notify the transferor and transferee of compliance with background check requirements and of the receipt of any notification from the NICBCS that a transfer is prohibited, and (2) report to the Attorney General on such a transfer and on transfers of two or more pistols and/or revolvers to the same unlicensed transferee during any five consecutive business days. Permits such dealer to assess a processing fee.

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