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Firearms Policy Coalition

Mission: Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms is not determined or qualified by race, class, wealth, or political affiliation. FPC is comprised of members, supporters, and volunteers from all walks of life, bound together by a common passion for defending and responsibly exercising our Constitutional rights. We welcome and encourage people from every background to join with us.

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S. 903
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H.R. 1369
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The Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Amendment would, among other things, require background checks ...

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S. 843
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H.Con.Res. 23

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S. 730
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H.R. 1290
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S. 729
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S. 691
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S. 480
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S. 480 improves the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal ...

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S. 572
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S.Con.Res. 7

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H.R. 1474
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H.R. 1177
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H.R. 868
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Oppose Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Anti-Gun Agenda.

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H.R. 21
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H.R. 21 would extend the Brady Law background check ...

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H.R. 34
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H.R. 34 would institute a licensing scheme and require ...

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H.R. 35
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H.R. 35 seeks to repeal the Federal Gun Free ...

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H.R. 65
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H.R. 93
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H.R. 117
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H.R. 117 would establish a federal system for the ...

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H.R. 133
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H.R. 133 would “repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act ...

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H.R. 137
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H.R. 137 would require a background check for every ...

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H.R. 138
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H.R. 138 would prohibit the transfer, possession, and importation ...

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H.R. 141
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H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all ...

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H.R. 142
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H.R. 226
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H.R. 227
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H.R. 227 would establish a gun buyback grant program ...

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H.R. 236
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H.R. 236 increases the number of times that the ...

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H.R. 238
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H.R. 321
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H.R. 322
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H.R. 332
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H.R. 332 essentially undoes the protections that the Protection ...

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H.R. 339
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H.R. 404
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H.R. 410
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H.R. 410 would provide that any “existing or proposed ...

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H.R. 427
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H.R. 427, if passed, would require that each firearm ...

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H.R. 431
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H.R. 431 would allow the contents of the Firearms ...

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H.R. 437
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H.R. 449
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H.R. 452
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H.R. 452 would increase the penalties for straw purchases ...

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H.R. 538
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H.R. 575
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H.R. 575 expresses the sense of the Congress that ...

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H.R. 577
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H.R. 577 prohibits, in cases arising out of the ...

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H.R. 578
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H.R. 578 would allow an individual who is not ...

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H.R. 602
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H.R. 602 prohibits, in cases arising out of the ...

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H.R. 619
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H.R. 661
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H.R. 720
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H.R. 722
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H.R. 848
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H.Res. 35
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H.Res. 35 expresses the House of Representatives’ lack of ...

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H.Res. 40

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H.Res. 55

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S. 2
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S. 22
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S. 22 would introduce new restrictions on gun shows and ...

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S. 33
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S. 33 would prohibit the transfer, possession, and importation into ...

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S. 35
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S. 82
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S. 147
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S. 150
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S. 150, among other things, would ban the sale, transfer ...

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S. 174
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Detailed Legislative Agenda

S. 903: The Alien Gun Violence Prevention Act

S. 903 would prohibit the sale of firearms to all nonimmigrant aliens as well as the purchase and possession of firearms by nonimmigrant aliens—including those from visa waiver countries. S. 903 would also require any non-U.S. citizen attempting to purchase a firearm to reside for at least 90 days in the state of purchase.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-s-903-neutral
H.R. 1369: The Firearm Risk Protection Act

H.R. 1369 seeks to prohibit the sale of a firearm to, and the purchase of a firearm by, a person who is not covered by appropriate liability insurance coverage.

If passed, H.R. 1369 would prohibit the purchase or sale of a firearm unless the purchaser presents proof to the seller and the seller verifies that the purchaser is covered by a qualified liability insurance policy. The bill would also require any person who purchases a firearm on or after its effective date to be covered by a qualified insurance policy. The purchase or sale of firearms for use by a federal, state, or local agency would be exempted from H.R. 1369’s requirements.

A "qualified liability insurance policy" under H.R. 1369 means a policy that “provides liability insurance covering the purchaser specifically for losses resulting from use of the firearm while it is owned by the purchaser” and “is issued by an insurer licensed or authorized to provide the coverage by the State insurance regulatory authority for the State in which the purchaser resides.”

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1369-oppose
H.R. 1605: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013

If passed, H.R. 1605 would, among other things, require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, “close the gun show and other loopholes,” and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States. That commission would be responsible for looking at all aspects of the problem, including guns, school safety, mental health, and violent media or video games, and would consist of six experts appointed by the Senate Majority Leader and six experts appointed by the Speaker of the House who would be required to submit an interim report in three months and a completed report in six months. The bill would also make clear that submissions of mental health records into the NICS system are not prohibited by federal privacy laws (HIPAA).

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1605-oppose
H.R. 1565: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013

If passed, H.R. 1565 would, among other things, require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, “close the gun show and other loopholes,” and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States. That commission would be responsible for looking at all aspects of the problem, including guns, school safety, mental health, and violent media or video games, and would consist of six experts appointed by the Senate Majority Leader and six experts appointed by the Speaker of the House who would be required to submit an interim report in three months and a completed report in six months. The bill would also make clear that submissions of mental health records into the NICS system are not prohibited by federal privacy laws (HIPAA).

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1565-oppose
The Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Amendment

The Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Amendment would, among other things, require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, “close the gun show and other loopholes,” and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States. That commission would be responsible for looking at all aspects of the problem, including guns, school safety, mental health, and violent media or video games, and would consist of six experts appointed by the Senate Majority Leader and six experts appointed by the Speaker of the House who would be required to submit an interim report in three months and a completed report in six months. The bill would also “clarif[y] that submissions of mental health records into the NICS system are not prohibited by federal privacy laws (HIPAA).”

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-x-120-oppose
S. 792: Explosive Materials Background Check Act

If passed, S. 792 would, among other things, expand the definition of “explosives” to include smokeless powder and black powder substitutes.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-s-792-oppose
H.R. 1883: Secure Firearms Act of 2013

If passed, H.R. 1883 would allow individuals a tax deduction for the amount paid by the taxpayer to purchase a secure gun storage or safety device for the securing of firearms that is used by the taxpayer during that taxable year. The amount allowed as a deduction shall not exceed $1,200 and shall not apply to any amount paid after December 31, 2014. H.R. 1883 also provides that “[n]o database identifying gun owners may be created using information from tax returns on which the deduction under this section is claimed.”

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1883-support
H.R. 1914: The Preventing Victims of Stalking Act

The text of H.R. 1914 has not yet been released, however, according to the bill’s title, H.R. 1914 seeks to ban guns for persons who have been convicted of stalking or who are subject to a court order restraining the person from stalking.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1914-oppose
S. 843: The Ammunition Management for More Accountability (AMMO) Act

S. 843 seeks to limit the amount of ammunition purchased or possessed by certain Federal agencies for a 6-month period.

If passed, S. 843 would not allow a covered agency to (1) purchase during any month, or (2) possess, at any one time, more rounds of ammunition than the monthly average of the number of rounds of ammunition purchased by the agency during the period of January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2009. The bill also calls for the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress regarding the purchasing of ammunition, including an assessment of the effect of the purchasing of ammunition by covered agencies on the supply of ammunition available to the public.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-s-843-support
H.R. 1764: The Ammunition Management for More Accountability (AMMO) Act

H.R. 1764 seeks to limit the amount of ammunition purchased or possessed by Federal agencies for a 6-month period.

If passed, H.R. 1764 would not allow a covered agency to (1) purchase during any month, or (2) possess, at any one time, more rounds of ammunition than the monthly average of the number of rounds of ammunition purchased by the agency during the period of January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2009. The bill also calls for the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress regarding the purchasing of ammunition, including an assessment of the effect of the purchasing of ammunition by covered agencies on the supply of ammunition available to the public.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1764-support
H.R. 1728: Enforce Existing Gun Laws Act

H.R. 1728 would, among other things, repeal: the prohibition on the consolidation and centralization of firearms acquisition and disposition records maintained by firearms dealers; the prohibition on requiring firearms dealers to conduct physical checks of firearms inventory; the requirement that instant background check records be destroyed within 24 hours; the Tiahrt Amendments; the prohibition on processing Freedom of Information Act requests about firearm traces; the prohibition on the use of firearms trace data to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crime; the prohibitions relating to curios or relics and importation of surplus military firearm; and the prohibition on denial of a federal firearms license due to lack of business activity.

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-hr-1728-oppose
S. 730: The Firearm Straw Purchasing and Trafficking Prevention Act

S. 730 would amend the federal criminal code to create and define the offense of “straw purchasing of firearms.” The crime of straw purchasing of firearms would make it unlawful for any person to “purchase or otherwise obtain a firearm, which has been shipped, transported, or received in interstate or foreign commerce, for or on behalf of any other person who the person purchasing or otherwise obtaining the firearm knows … (A) is prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under subsection (g) or (n) of section 922; (B) intends to use, carry, possess, or sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, a drug trafficking crime, or a Federal crime of terrorism; (C) intends to engage in conduct that would constitute a crime of violence, a drug trafficking crime, or a Federal crime of terrorism if the conduct had occurred within the United States; or (D) is not a resident of any State and is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.” Straw purchasing of firearms would also include “willfully procur[ing] another to engage” in the aforementioned conduct.

S. 730 would also amend the federal criminal code to create and define the offense of “trafficking in firearms.” The offense of trafficking in firearms would make it unlawul for any person to (1) ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose of 2 or more firearms to another person in or otherwise affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the person shipping, transporting, transferring, or otherwise disposing of the firearms knows that the use, carrying, or possession of a firearm by the transferee would violate subsection (g) or (n) of section 922, or constitute a crime of violence, a drug trafficking crime, or a Federal crime of terrorism; (2) receive from another person 2 or more firearms in or otherwise affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient … knows that such receipt would violate subsection (g) or (n) of section 922; or … intends to use the firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, a drug trafficking crime, or a Federal crime of terrorism.” Attempting or conspiring to commit the aforementioned conduct would also be included.

Violation of either of the aforementioned offenses would result in fines and up to 15 years imprisonment. S. 730 also increases the penalties for smuggling firearms and/or ammunition into or out of the United States as well as the penalties for offenses listed in 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1).

Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/firearmspolicy#firearmspolicy-s-730-support
H.R. 1290: The Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms Act

H.R. 1290 would allow a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm or ammunition to transport a firearm or ammunition for any lawful purpose from any place where the person may lawfully possess, carry, or transport the firearm to any other such place if, during the transportation, the firearm is unloaded, the ammunition is not loaded into a firearm and:

(A) if the transportation is by motor vehicle, the firearm or ammunition is not directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle, and, if the vehicle is without a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, the firearm is in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console, or is secured by a secure gun storage or safety device; or

(B) if the transportation is by other means, the firearm or ammunition is in a locked container or the firearm is secured by a secure gun storage or safety device.

Under H.R. 1290’s provisions, the term “transport” includes staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental to the transport, but does not include transportation with the intent to commit a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year that involves the use or threatened use of force against another; or with knowledge, or reasonable cause to believe, that such a crime is to be committed in the course of, or arising from, the transportation.

Under H.R. 1290, a person who is transporting a firearm or ammunition may not be arrested or otherwise detained for violation of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof related to the possession, transportation, or carrying of firearms, unless there is probable cause to believe that the person is doing so in a manner not provided for in the aforementioned ways.

When a person asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the prosecution shall bear the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the conduct of the person did not satisfy the conditions set forth in subsection (a). And, when a person successfully asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the court shall award the prevailing defendant a reasonable attorney's fee.

A person who is deprived of any right, privilege, or immunity secured under H.R. 1209’s provisions may bring an action in any appropriate court against any other person, including a State or political subdivision thereof, who causes the person to be subject to the deprivation, for damages and other appropriate relief, and the court shall award a plaintiff prevailing in such an action damages and such other relief as the court deems appropriate, including reasonable attorney's fees.

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S. 729: The Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities Act

S. 729 would create a government task force within the Department of Justice, which shall be known as the Felon and Fugitive Firearm Task Force, to strengthen the efforts of the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute cases of convicted felons and fugitives from justice who illegally attempt to purchase a firearm.

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S. 691: High-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban of 2013

With certain exceptions, S. 691 would prohibit the transfer, possession, and importation into the United States of any “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” The bill defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; and … does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”

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S. 480: NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013

S. 480 improves the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by clarifying reporting requirements related to adjudications of mental incompetency and clarifying the definitions of who is considered mentally ill.

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S. 572: Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act

S. 572 prohibits, in cases arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), a person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of federal firearms rights without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that the person is a danger to himself or herself or others.

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S. 443: The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act

With certain exceptions, S. 443, if passed, would make it unlawful for any person (other than a federal firearms licensee (FFL)) to knowingly purchase, or attempt or conspire to purchase, any firearm in or otherwise affecting interstate or foreign commerce (1) from a FFL for, on behalf of, or at the request or demand of any other person, known or unknown; or (2) from any person who is not a FFL for, on behalf of, or at the request or demand of any other person, known or unknown, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such other person is federally prohibited from owning firearms; intends to use, carry, possess, or sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm or ammunition in furtherance of a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime; export the firearm or ammunition in violation of law; does not reside in any State; or intends to sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm or ammunition to a person who meets any of the aforementioned descriptors.

S. 443 would also make it unlawful for any person to: (1) ship, transport, transfer, cause to be transported, or otherwise dispose of 2 or more firearms to another person in or otherwise affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the use, carrying, or possession of a firearm by the transferee would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of, any Federal law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; (2) receive from another person 2 or more firearms in or otherwise affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of, any Federal law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; or (3) attempt or conspire to commit the conduct described in paragraph (1) or (2).

Conviction of under any of the aforementioned provisions of S. 443 would result in fines and the forfeiture of any proceeds of profits obtained by way of the offenses. The bill would also increase the penalties for certain firearms-related offenses.

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S.Con.Res. 7: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding conditions for the United States becoming a signatory to the United Nations Arms Trade ...

This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that the President should not sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, and that, if he transmits the treaty with his signature to the Senate, the Senate should not ratify it. The resolution also expresses the sense of Congress that until the Arms Trade Treaty has been signed by the President, received the advice and consent of the Senate, and has been the subject of implementing legislation by Congress, no Federal funds should be appropriated or authorized to implement or conduct activities relevant to the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement.

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H.R. 1474: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act

H.R. 1474 seeks to reauthorize the ban on undetectable firearms, and to extend the ban to undetectable firearm receivers and undetectable ammunition magazines.

If passed, H.R. 1474 would make it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive:

- any firearm that, after removal of grips, stocks, and magazines, is not as detectable as the by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Security Exemplar

- any major component of a firearm which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.

- any receiver for a rifle, or receiver for a handgun, manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer that is not as detectable as the Receiver Security Exemplar for a rifle or for a handgun, as the case may be, by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect that Receiver Security Exemplar

- any receiver for a rifle, or receiver for a handgun, manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the receiver.

- any ammunition magazine, manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer that, after removal of the spring and follower, is not as detectable as the Magazine Security Exemplar, by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Magazine Security Exemplar

- any ammunition magazine, manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the magazine.

Under H.R. 1474, the term “Receiver Security Exemplar” means, with respect to a rifle or a handgun, an object, to be fabricated at the direction of the Attorney General, that is constructed of, during the 12-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subparagraph, 3.7 ounces of material type 17-4 PH stainless steel in a shape resembling the lower receiver for a rifle or for a handgun, as the case may be, and suitable for testing and calibrating metal detectors. The term “Magazine Security Exemplar” means an object, to be fabricated at the direction of the Attorney General, that is constructed of, during the 12-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subparagraph, 1 ounce of material type 17-4 PH stainless steel in a shape resembling an ammunition magazine, and suitable for testing and calibrating metal detectors.

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H.R. 1177: Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act

H.R. 1177, if passed, would expand the group of people prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms because of a court order or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. H.R. 1177 would amend the federal criminal code definitions relating to misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence by expanding the definition of an “intimate partner” to include “dating partners” and former dating partners. The bill’s provisions would also expand the types of restraining orders that prohibit a person who is subject to the restraining order from possessing firearms to include orders “issued at the request of an employer on behalf of its employee or at the request of an institution of higher education on behalf of its student” and orders restraining a person from “intimidating or dissuading a witness from testifying in court.”

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H.R. 1143: Federal Correctional Workers Safety Act of 2013

If passed, H.R. 1143 would ensure that each prison facility provides a secure firearms storage area for use by all persons employed by the Bureau of Prisons at the facility who are authorized to carry a firearm, or allow employees authorized to carry a firearm to store their firearm in approved vehicle lockboxes.

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H.R. 965: Banning Saturday Night Specials

If passed, H.R. 965 would prohibit the possession or transfer of a “junk gun” which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. The prohibition would not apply to “the continuous and otherwise lawful possession of a junk gun by a person during any period that began before the effective date” of the prohibition.

H.R. 965 defines a “junk gun” as: (1) a handgun that is not a sporting handgun; and (2) any combination of parts from which a handgun that is not a sporting handgun can be assembled.

A “sporting handgun” is defined as “a handgun which the Secretary has determined, using the criteria applied in making determinations under 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3), to be of a type generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” Violators of H.R. 965’s provision would face fines and up to five years in prison.

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H.R. 955: The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act

H.R. 955 amends the federal criminal code to make new offenses for straw purchasing and firearms trafficking. The bill also increases penalties for certain firearms-related offenses.

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H.R. 868: The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act

H.R. 868, if passed, would appropriate $360,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2016 for the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to make two year grants to eligible states, local governments, and firearms dealers to conduct gun buyback programs. The buyback funds would be paid out via smart prepaid cards loaded with 125 percent of the market value of the gun that the individual wishes to dispose of. More than 125 percent of the market value of the gun can be given in exchange for the firearm if it is determined that the gun has been altered in a way that would increase the market value of the gun (such as an altered grip, or the addition of a scope).

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Common Sense Legislation to End Gun Violence

Oppose Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Anti-Gun Agenda.

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H.R. 21: The NRA Members' Gun Safety Act

H.R. 21 would extend the Brady Law background check procedures to all sales and transfers of firearms. The bill would also require the reporting of thefts within 48 hours; require that all states that allow residents to carry concealed firearms institute a permitting process requiring that the applicant demonstrate good cause for requesting a LTC and that the applicant is “worthy of the public trust” to carry a concealed firearm in public; and allow the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or deny a firearm (or explosives) permit to persons known or suspected of terrorist acts.

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H.R. 34: The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act

H.R. 34 would institute a licensing scheme and require a license in order to possess any handgun or any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device (except antiques). H.R. 34 would also require firearms thefts to be reported within 72 hours after the theft or loss is discovered, create new child access prevention laws, and essentially create a federal version of California’s Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) system. Failure to comply with H.R. 34’s requirements would subject a person to criminal penalties if passed.

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H.R. 35: The Safe Schools Act

H.R. 35 seeks to repeal the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) (codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)). The GFSZA currently prohibits possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet from the legal boundaries of a school with certain exceptions.

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H.R. 65: Raising the age of legal handgun ownership to 21.

H.R. 65 increases the age for ownership, sale, purchase, and possession of handguns, handgun ammunition, semiautomatic assault weapons, and large capacity ammunition feeding devices to 21, and enhances penalties for you possession of the aforementioned items. The bill also requires anyone under age 18 to be accompanied by an adult when attending a gun show and makes it illegal for firearm dealers to sell, transfer, or deliver any firearm to any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer) unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device. Additionally, with certain exceptions, H.R. 65 makes adult firearm owners guilty of a crime if a juvenile uses their firearm to cause death or serious bodily injury to the juvenile or any other person.

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H.R. 93: The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act

If passed, H.R. 93 would make it illegal for a person who has been notified by the Attorney General that the Attorney General has made a determination to revoke the person’s federal firearms license or deny a renewal thereof to: (1) transfer a business inventory firearm (a) into a personal collection OR (b) to an employee or, if the licensee is a business, an individual who possesses the power to direct the management and policies of the business. H.R. 93 would also make it illegal for person whose federal firearms license was revoked or not being renewed to receive a firearm that was a business inventory firearm of the person as of the date the person received notice of the revocation/denial from the Attorney General. After the license has been revoked, it would then become illegal for the person to transfer business inventory firearms to any person other than a law enforcement agency. The aforementioned provisions would not apply “with respect to a license revocation or denial determination that is rescinded.”

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H.R. 117: The Handgun Licensing and Registration Act

H.R. 117 would establish a federal system for the licensing and registration of all handguns owned, possessed, or controlled in the United States, and make it a crime for a person to own, possess, or control a handgun unless the person has obtained a license and registered the handgun with a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency. H.R. 117 would not apply in states where that have a system for the licensing and registration of handguns owned, possessed, or controlled in the State as long as that licensing and registration scheme meets certain requirements.

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H.R. 133: The Citizens Protection Act

H.R. 133 would “repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act.” The Federal Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) (codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)) prohibits possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet from the legal boundaries of a school with certain exceptions.

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H.R. 137: The Fix Gun Checks Act

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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H.R. 138: The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

H.R. 138 would prohibit the transfer, possession, and importation into the United States of any “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” The bill defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; but does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”

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H.R. 141: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act

H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows and would also place new restrictions on gun show operators (including new record keeping requirements). The bill also gives the Attorney General the ability to enter during business hours any place where a gun show operator operates a gun show takes place and “for purposes of examining the records … and the inventory of licensees conducting business at the gun show” with no reasonable cause or warrant required.

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H.R. 142: The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act

H.R. 142 would require face to face purchases of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of multiple sales or other dispositions of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person at one time or during any five (5) consecutive business days.

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H.R. 226: The SAFER Streets Act (Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act)

If passed, H.R. 226 would allow individuals who surrender specified “assault weapons” to receive a $2,000 federal income tax credit. In order to apply the credit, the firearm must be lawfully possessed, the firearm owner must provide written acknowledgment of the surrender, and the credit may only be used for one firearm.

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H.R. 227: The Buyback our Safety Act

H.R. 227 would establish a gun buyback grant program wherein the Assistant Attorney General could issue funding grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs provided certain criteria are met. Additionally, H.R. 227 would provide for $15,000,000 in funds to be appropriated to carry out for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2018. The bill would also require the Attorney General, through the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, to enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to “develop standards for identifying, and identify, guns that are the most likely to be used in violent crimes and establish a pricing scale for purchasing guns so identified through gun buyback programs receiving grants under this section.”

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H.R. 236: The Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act

H.R. 236 increases the number of times that the Attorney General is allowed to inspect or examine the inventory and records of a licensed firearms dealer, importer, or manufacturer (FFL) to ensure compliance with record keeping requirements from once during any 12-month period to three times. If passed, H.R. 236 would also increase the penalties for false statements, misrepresentations, or generally otherwise failing to maintain proper records from up to one year in prison to up to five years. The bill also gives the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the ability to hire at least 50 additional more personnel in order to carry out the additional inspections, and removes the prohibition against the Attorney General denying or revoking the firearms license of any dealer if that revocation or denial is based in whole or in part on facts which formed the basis of criminal charges relating to the dealer’s violation of federal firearms laws when that dealer was not been found guilty under certain circumstances.

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H.R. 238: The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act

H.R. 238 would restrict the ability of a person whose federal firearms license has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms, and for other purposes.

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H.R. 321: The Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act

H.R. 321 would essentially create an exception to the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 112-74)’s ban on National Institutes of Health funds being used to advocate or promote gun control in order to allowing funding of “research on firearms safety or gun violence.”

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H.R. 322: Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act

If passed, H.R. 322 would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to exempt “shot, bullets and other projectiles, propellants, and primers,"' and "any sport fishing equipment . . . and sport fishing equipment components” from the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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H.R. 332: The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act

H.R. 332 essentially undoes the protections that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act grants those in the firearms industry by declaring that “[a]n action against a manufacturer, seller, or trade association for damages or relief resulting from an alleged defect or alleged negligence with respect to a product, or conduct that would be actionable under State common or statutory law in the absence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, shall not be dismissed by a court on the basis that the action is for damages resulting from, or for relief from, the criminal, unlawful, or volitional use of a qualified product.” The bill also makes the contents of the Firearms Trace System database discoverable and admissible in a civil action in any State (including the District of Columbia), federal court, or administrative proceeding.

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H.R. 339: The Fairness in Firearm Testing Act

If passed, H.R. 339 would require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to make video recordings of the examination and testing of firearms and ammunition when making a determination as to whether an item is a firearm (and if so, what type of firearm) or if an item is ammunition. BATFE would not be allowed to edit or erase these recordings, and the recordings would be made available on request of “a person who claims an ownership interest in an item with respect to which a recording is made” and to defendants in “criminal proceeding[s] involving an item with respect to which a recording is made.” Under certain circumstances, the recordings would be admissible as evidence in court.

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H.R. 404: The Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act

H.R. 404, if passed, would increase the criminal penalties for violating the prohibitions against making false statements or misrepresenting identification regarding the acquisition of a firearm or ammunition when: (1) knowing that the violation will further the transfer of two or more firearms to a prohibited person; and, (2) with the intent to conceal the prohibited person’s identity from the transferor. H.R. 404 would also prohibit a court from placing any person convicted of violating the bill’s provisions on probation, and place limitations on a court’s ability to reduce prison sentences.

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H.R. 410: The Restore the Constitution Act

H.R. 410 would provide that any “existing or proposed executive action that infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution or the Second Amendment to the Constitution shall have no force or effect” and prohibit funding of any such deficient executive action. H.R. 410 would also provide standing for any of the following persons to “bring an action in an appropriate United States court to challenge the validity of any executive action which infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution or the Second Amendment to the Constitution”: (1) any member of Congress (or either or both chambers acting pursuant to a vote); (2) the highest governmental official of any State, commonwealth, district, territory or possession of the United States, or any political subdivision thereof (or their designee); or, (3) any person “aggrieved in a liberty or property interest adversely affected by the challenged executive action.”

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H.R. 427: The Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act

H.R. 427, if passed, would require that each firearm manufactured in the United be marked with a serial number that is located inside the receiver of the firearm or that is visible only in infrared light, in addition to the serial number with which the firearm is otherwise required by law to be marked. In addition, H.R. 427 would require that instant criminal background check records be kept for 180 days; require firearms dealers to conduct a physical check if firearms inventory; and, eliminate limitations on use of gun trace information.

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H.R. 431: Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act of 2013

H.R. 431 would allow the contents of the Firearms Trace System database maintained by the National Trace Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be admissible as evidence (or the basis of evidence) in civil legal actions in state or Federal court or in an administrative proceeding. If passed, the bill would also: (1) require that instant criminal background check records be kept for 90 days; (2) eliminate the limitation on appropriating funds to implement rules requiring firearms dealers to conduct a physical check if firearms inventory; (3) increase the penalties for willfully violating an inventory reporting order; and, (4) makes a person whose federal firearms license has been revoked ineligible to apply for another license.

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H.R. 437: The Assault Weapons Ban

H.R. 437 is the House version of Senator Feinstein’s assault weapons ban (H.R. 437). If passed, H.R. 437, among other things, would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: (1) All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel); (2) All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip) or that are the semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm); (3) All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition; (4) All semiautomatic shotguns that have a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; pistol grip; fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; ability to accept a detachable magazine; forward grip; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; or shotguns with a revolving cylinder; (5) All ammunition feeding devices (means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds; and (6) Over 100 specifically-named firearms. Unlike the 1994 assault weapons ban, H.R. 437 does not include a sunset possession that allowed the original federal ban to expire. The bill also requires a background check on all sales or transfers of grandfathered firearms; prohibits the sale or transfer of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the bill; allows state and local governments to use federal funding to buyback grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices; imposes a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms; and requires that assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured after the date of the bill’s enactment be engraved with the serial number and date of manufacture of the weapon. Assault weapons used by military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement; antique weapons, and firearms manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action are exempted from the H.R. 437.

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H.R. 449: The Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act

If passed, H.R. 449 would allow veterans or their family members who own and possess qualifying firearms to register the firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (described in section 5841 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) during a 90-day amnesty period. In order to be a “qualifying firearm,” the firearm would have to have been acquired by a veteran before October 31, 1968 by a veteran, while the veteran was a member of the Armed Forces and was stationed outside the continental United States. Limited criminal and tax immunity to those turning in qualified firearms. Limited immunity is also provided to those attempting to register qualified firearms after the amnesty period provided the individual surrenders the firearm to a law enforcement agency not later than 30 days after notification by the Attorney General of potential criminal liability for continued possession of the firearm.

H.R. 449 would also require that qualifying firearms that are curio or relic firearms be transferred to the first qualified museum that requests it, and that information identifying each firearm available to be transferred to a museum be published. Destruction of forfeited firearms by the Attorney General is prohibited until five years after the forfeiture. The bill also requires the Attorney General and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide information regarding the amnesty program to veterans.

Additionally, the prohibition against transfer or possession of a machine gun would be inapplicable to transfers to or by, or possession by, a museum incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under applicable state law that is open to the public.

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H.R. 452: The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act

H.R. 452 would increase the penalties for straw purchases/gun trafficking. A person would face up to 20 years for the “purchase, attempt to purchase, or transfer a firearm, with the intent to deliver the firearm to another person who the transferor knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is prohibited by Federal or State law from possessing a firearm;” “intentionally provide false or misleading material information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) firearms transaction record form” when “purchasing, attempting to purchase, or transferring a firearm;” or to “knowingly direct, promote, or facilitate conduct that violates” either of the aforementioned provisions. H.R. 452 would exempt gifts to individuals who are not prohibited persons and for firearms lawfully acquired via operation of law. If a person were to violate H.R. 452’s provisions, depending on the circumstances and number of individuals involved, sentencing enhancements might apply.

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H.R. 538: Banning the “Five-seveN” handgun and ammunition with the ability to pierce body armor

With certain exceptions, if passed, H.R. 538 would change the definition of armor piercing ammunition found in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(17) to include “a projectile that . . . may be used in a handgun; and . . . the Attorney General determines, pursuant to section 926(d), to be capable of penetrating body armor.” H.R. 538 would also make it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, market, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive the Fabrique Nationale Herstal Five-seveN Pistol; 5.7 x 28mm SS190, SS192, SS195LF, SS196, or SS197 cartridges; or any other handgun that uses armor piercing ammunition. The testing of handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor by the Attorney General would also be required, and the manufacture, importation, sale, or purchase by civilians of the Five-seveN Pistol, ammunition for such pistol, or any other handgun that uses ammunition found to be capable of penetrating body armor would be prohibited under H.R. 538’s provisions.

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H.R. 575: The Second Amendment Protection Act

H.R. 575 expresses the sense of the Congress that “the United States should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and should cease the provision of financial support to any entity that does so.” H.R. 575 also provides that “the United States may not provide any funding to the United Nations for a fiscal year unless, before the last day of the preceding fiscal year, the President makes the certification . . . that states that the United Nations has not taken action to restrict, attempt to restrict, or otherwise adversely infringe on the rights of individuals in the United States to possess a firearm or ammunition, including by imposing burdens on international commerce, or abridge any of the other constitutionally protected rights of citizens of the United States.”

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H.R. 577: Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act

H.R. 577 prohibits, in cases arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), a person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of federal firearms rights without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that the person is a danger to himself or herself or others.

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H.R. 578: The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

H.R. 578 would allow an individual who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, who is carrying a valid state license or permit to carry a concealed weapon, and who is carrying a government-issued photo ID – or who is entitled and not prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence, – to carry a concealed handgun which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce (other than a machine gun or destructive device) in any state in accordance with the restrictions of that state. H.R. 578 also provides that in a state that allows the issuing authority for licenses to carry concealed firearms to impose restrictions on the carrying of firearms by individual license holders, an individual carrying a concealed handgun under H.R. 578’s provisions shall be permitted to carry it according to the same terms authorized by an unrestricted license or permit issued by such state.

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H.R. 602: The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

H.R. 602 prohibits, in cases arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), a person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of federal firearms rights without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that the person is a danger to himself or herself or others.

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H.R. 619: The Keep Kids Safe Act

H.R. 619, if passed, would make it unlawful for a person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor sex offense against a minor.

H.R. 619 would also make it unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense against a minor to ship, transport, receive, or possess a firearm in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. H.R. 619 defines a “misdemeanor sex offense against a minor” as “a criminal offense that has, as an element, a sexual act or sexual contact with another, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense,” “punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year,” against “an individual who has not attained 18 years of age.”

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H.R. 661: The Tiahrt Restrictions Repeal Act

If passed, H.R. 661 would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment. Among other things, the Tiahrt Amendment currently: prohibits the release of gun trace data by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to anyone other than law enforcement in the course of an investigation; prohibits BATFE from requiring licensed dealers to conduct annual physical inventory checks; and, requires National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) data to be destroyed within 24 hours.

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H.R. 720: The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act

If passed, H.R. 720 would allow the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or deny a firearm (or explosives) permit to persons known or suspected of terrorist acts. It would also allow the Attorney General to withhold “any information which the Attorney General relied on for this determination may be withheld from the petitioner if the Attorney General determines that disclosure of the information would likely compromise national security” under certain circumstances if the denial of a permit was challenged.

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H.R. 722: The Detectives Nemorin and Andrews Anti-Gun Trafficking Act

H.R. 722, if passed, would make illegal gun trafficking punishable by up to 20 years in prison; expand Project Safe Neighborhoods to include gun trafficking and authorizes funding for the hiring of 94 additional Assistant U.S. Attorneys; and enhance the penalties for use of a stolen firearm or a firearm with an obliterated serial number during the commission of a felony, violent crime, or drug trafficking crime.

The bill would also require that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) make National Crime Information Center Gun File information available to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) for completion of crime gun traces, and require BATFE to: (1) notify law enforcement agencies of information relating to stolen firearms, and (2) return stolen firearms to the person(s) who reported the firearms stolen.

And, under H.R. 722 the Attorney General would have to establish a national instant stolen gun check system, and licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, or dealers would have to contact that system before receiving firearms from an unlicensed person.

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H.R. 793: Imposing an excise tax on concealable firearms

H.R. 793, if passed, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to add section 4056 – a tax on any retail sale of any concealable firearms equal to 10 percent of the purchase price of the firearm. The bill would also establish a gun buyback grant program where the Attorney General could issue funding grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs provided certain criteria are met. Additionally, H.R. 793 would provide for $1,000,000 in funds to be appropriated to carry out for fiscal year 2013, along with funds taxes imposed pursuant to section 4056 of the Internal Revenue Code being used to fund the program.

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H.R. 848: The Armed Prohibited Persons Act

If passed, H.R. 848 would allow the Attorney General to make grants to States “to develop and operate systems to retrieve firearms from armed prohibited persons.” States seeking grants under H.R. 848 shall submit applications for funds to the Attorney General. Those applications shall contain information that the Attorney General reasonably requires, “including assurances that--(1) any system that the State operates will provide an armed prohibited person with a reasonable opportunity to lawfully dispose of such person's firearm before the State takes any action to retrieve such a firearm; (2) the State will contribute pertinent information to the national instant criminal background check system established under section 103(b) of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (18 U.S.C. 922 note); and (3) the State has a plan for the continued operation and maintenance of the system or proposed system to retrieve firearms from armed prohibited persons.” H.R. 848 also authorizes the appropriation of “such sums as may be necessary” to carry out the bill’s provisions for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. H.R. 848 defines an “armed prohibited person” as a person: “(A) who possesses a firearm; (B) who lawfully purchased such firearm in accordance with all applicable Federal and State law; and (C) whose possession of such firearm, because of an act or ommission [sic] committed by such person, became unlawful under applicable Federal and State law (including section 922(g) of title 18, United States Code).”

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H.Res. 35: Expressing no confidence in the Attorney General of the United States and calling for his immediate resignation.

H.Res. 35 expresses the House of Representatives’ lack of confidence in United States Attorney General Eric Holder and calls for his immediate resignation over a number of factors, including the fact that Holder presided over the Department of Justice as it conducted Operation Fast and Furious’ which was “ill[-]conceived at the outset and mismanaged for its duration” and the fact that he was found in contempt of Congress in June 2012.

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H.Res. 40: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that active duty military personnel who are stationed or residing in the District of Columbia ...

H.Res. 40 expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that active duty military personnel who are stationed or residing in the District of Columbia should be permitted to exercise fully their rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and therefore should be exempt from the District of Columbia's restrictions on the possession of firearms.

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H.Res. 55: Honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States Government to address ...

H.Res. 55 condemns unfounded reliance on Stand Your Ground laws to protect actions that extend far beyond historical use of self-defense; (2) urges state legislatures to reject or repeal Stand Your Ground legislation; commits to developing incentives for states to find alternatives to Stand Your Ground legislation such as grants for community policing; encourages states to create penalties for individuals found to have caused substantive harm through racial profiling; and urges the United States Commission on Civil Rights to “seek to elevate the social status of Black men and boys by undertaking studies to understand and correct the underlying causes of higher rates of school expulsions and suspensions, homicides, incarceration, poverty, violence, drug abuse, as well as income, health, and educational disparities among Black males.”

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S. 2: Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence Reduction Act

S. 2 currently appears to be a spot bill, however, once it is more fleshed out, S. 2 will seek to “reduce violence and protect the citizens of the United States.”

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S. 22: The Gun Show Background Check

S. 22 would introduce new restrictions on gun shows and their operators/promoters, including, but not limited to: requiring gun show promoters to register with and pay a fee to the Attorney General in order to hold a gun show; requiring that gun show promoters verify the identity of each vendor participating in the gun show by examining a valid identification document containing a photograph of the vendor; requiring certain documents to be signed by each vendor before commencement of the gun show; and, new record keeping requirements for gun show operators. S. 22 would also require that all firearm transactions taking place at gun shows go through a licensed firearms dealer, that a background check take place with each transaction, and that firearm dealers conducting firearms transfers at gun shows follow certain record keeping requirements.

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S. 33: The High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

S. 33 would prohibit the transfer, possession, and importation into the United States of any “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” The bill defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; and … does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”

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S. 34: The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act

If passed, S. 34 would allow the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or deny a firearm (or explosives) permit to persons known or suspected of terrorist acts. It would also allow the Attorney General to withhold “any information which the Attorney General relied on for this determination may be withheld from the petitioner if the Attorney General determines that disclosure of the information would likely compromise national security” under certain circumstances if the denial of a permit was challenged.

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S. 35: The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act

S. 35 would require face to face purchases of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of multiple sales or other dispositions of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person at one time or during any five (5) consecutive business days.

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S. 54: The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act

With certain exceptions, S. 54 would make it a felony for any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer) to knowingly purchase, or attempt or conspire to purchase, “any firearm for, on behalf of, or with intent to transfer it to, any other person, if that firearm has moved in or otherwise affected interstate or foreign commerce.” Upon violation of those provisions, S. 54 also provides for the forfeiture of “any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of such violation” as well as any property “used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, such violation.” S. 54 also makes smuggling or knowingly bringing into (or taking out of) the United States, a firearm or ammunition, or attempting or conspiring to do so, a felony, when the person knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the firearm or ammunition will be used to commit a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime.

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S. 82: The Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act

S. 82 would provide that any “existing or proposed executive action that infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution or the Second Amendment to the Constitution shall have no force or effect” and prohibit funding of any such deficient executive action. S. 82 would also provide standing for any of the following persons to “bring an action in an appropriate United States court to challenge the validity of any executive action which infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution or the Second Amendment to the Constitution”: (1) any member of Congress (or either or both chambers acting pursuant to a vote); (2) the highest governmental official of any State, commonwealth, district, territory or possession of the United States, or any political subdivision thereof (or their designee); or, (3) any person “aggrieved in a liberty or property interest adversely affected by the challenged executive action.”

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S. 147: The Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act

If passed, S. 147 would require states that allow their residents to carry concealed firearms to establish a carry licensing process. S. 147 would require states to: (1) ensure that a local law enforcement agency participates in the process; and (2) require that an applicant be a legal resident of the United States, be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate good cause for requesting the permit, and demonstrate that he or she is worthy of the public trust to carry a concealed firearm in public.

S. 147 would also require states that allow agencies other than law enforcement agencies to issue carry licenses to have: (1) a local law enforcement agency to submit to the agency responsible a written report that describes whether the applicant meets the state's standards to carry a concealed firearm, and (2) the agency responsible to maintain such report in the applicant's file.

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S. 150: The Assault Weapons Ban

S. 150, among other things, would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: (1) All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel); (2) All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip) or that are the semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm); (3) All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition; (4) All semiautomatic shotguns that have a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; pistol grip; fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; ability to accept a detachable magazine; forward grip; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; or shotguns with a revolving cylinder; (5) All ammunition feeding devices (means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds; and (6) Over 100 specifically-named firearms (listed at the end of this page). Unlike the 1994 assault weapons ban, S. 150 does not include a sunset possession that allowed the original federal ban to expire. The bill also requires a background check on all sales or transfers of grandfathered firearms; prohibits the sale or transfer of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the bill; allows state and local governments to use federal funding to buyback grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices; imposes a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms; and requires that assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured after the date of the bill’s enactment be engraved with the serial number and date of manufacture of the weapon. Assault weapons used by military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement; antique weapons, and firearms manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action are exempted from the S. 150.

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S. 174: The Ammunition Background Check Act

S. 174, if passed, would require background checks for ammunition transfers by unlicensed persons, recordkeeping for sales of ammunition, prohibits the interstate sale of ammunition, requires the reporting of multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of, at one time or during any 5 consecutive business days, a large quantity of ammunition (this amount is to be determined by the Attorney General) to an unlicensed person, and make it a crime to steal ammunition.

S. 174 also expands the definition of armor-piercing ammunition to include “a bullet or projectile which is coated with Teflon or any chemical compound with properties similar to Teflon” and bans “incendiary ammunition” (i.e., “a bullet that is designed for the purpose of, held out by the manufacturer or distributor as, or generally recognized as having a specialized capability to ignite upon impact . . . [including] such bullets commonly designated as ‘M1 Incendiary,’ ‘M23 Incendiary,’ ‘M8 Armor-Piercing Incendiary,’ ‘API,’ ‘M20 Armor-Piercing Incendiary Tracer,’ or ‘APIT.’).

The bill would also prohibit the possession and/or transfer of armor piercing ammunition. Possession of armor piercing ammunition or incendiary ammunition lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date the bill’s provisions are enacted would be grandfathered in, but the transfer, sale, and delivery of grandfathered ammunition is still prohibited.

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S. 179: The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act

With certain exceptions for gifts, S. 179 would increase the penalties for straw purchases/gun trafficking. A person would face up to 20 years if he or she were to: (1) to ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose to a person, 2 or more firearms if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such use, carry, possession, or disposition of the firearm would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; (2) receive from a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year; (3) make false statements regarding an actual buyer to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of 2 or more firearms that have moved in or affected interstate or foreign commerce; or (4) to direct, promote, or facilitate any of the aforementioned conduct.

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S. 261: No Firearms for Foreign Felons Act of 2013

S. 261, if passed, would prohibit any individual convicted of a felony or crime of domestic violence in a foreign jurisdiction from possessing a firearm in the United States. An exception to will apply “if the convicted person establishes that the foreign conviction resulted from a denial of fundamental fairness that would violate due process if committed in the United States or from conduct that would be legal if committed in the United States.”

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S. 374: The Fix Gun Checks Act

If passed, S. 374 will require a background check for every firearm sale. S. 374 also authorizes funds to, among other things, create electronic systems, which provide accurate and up-to-date information that is directly related to checks under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), including court disposition and corrections records. The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to NICS and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS. S. 374 would also require that the theft or loss of a firearm be reported to the Attorney General and local authorities within 24 hours after the theft or loss is discovered.

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S. 649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013

If passed, S. 649 will require a background check for every firearm sale. S. 649 also authorizes funds to, among other things, create electronic systems, which provide accurate and up-to-date information that is directly related to checks under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), including court disposition and corrections records. The bill would also require that federal court information be made available to NICS and increase penalties for states that do not make data electronically available to NICS. S. 649 would also require that the theft or loss of a firearm be reported to the Attorney General and local authorities within 24 hours after the theft or loss is discovered. S. 649 also increases penalties for certain firearms-related offenses.

The bill also prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and any of its law enforcement coordinate agencies from conducting any operation where a federal firearms licensee (FFL) is directed or encouraged to sell firearms to an individual if DOJ or a coordinate agency knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such individual is purchasing such firearms on behalf of another for an illegal purpose, unless the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division approves the operation in writing and determines that the agency has prepared an operational plan to prevent firearms from being transferred to third parties without law enforcement taking reasonable steps to lawfully interdict those firearms.

And, S. 649 authorizes school security grants to be used for the installation of surveillance equipment and the establishment of hotlines or tiplines for the reporting of potentially dangerous students and situations and establishes an interagency task force to develop and promulgate a set of advisory school safety guidelines.

Authorizes the Attorney General to: (1) establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety; and (2) make subawards to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations to assist the Center in carrying out its assigned functions.

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