16 Gun Bills From 2015 That You Might See Again in 2016

Here are 16 potentially significant proposed bills introduced in 2015 that could be refashioned and emerge from 114th Congress committees in 2016. See our post earlier this week about gun laws and the congressional year in review.

1. Firearm Safety Act of 2015
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and 25 cosponsors on Jan. 8 introduced HR 225, the Firearm Safety Act of 2015, which would require firearms be regulated under the Product Safety Act, thereby permitting the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for firearms and ammunition. Status: Referred to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Committee on Jan 9.

2. Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and 28 cosponsors on Jan. 8 introduced HR 226, the Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act, which would amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit the sale of a firearm to any person the seller knows or haves reasonable cause to believe has been convicted of a crime and s host of other restrictions. Status: Referred on Feb. 2 to the House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee.

3. Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015
Rep. Martin Stutzman (R-Indiana) and 37 cosponsors introduced HR 923, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and 32 cosponsors introduced S. 498, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, in both houses on Feb. 2. The bill would allow anyone with a handgun license to be allowed to conceal carry in any state in accordance with the restrictions of that state. Similar bills have been introduced over the years only to stall in committee. Status: S. 498 referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 13; HR 923 referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on March 16. 

4. Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV.) on May 11 introduced H.R. 2246, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, that would make it easier for licensed gun dealers to sell guns to out-of-state buyers. A companion bill, S.1351, was introduced May 14 by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) Status: Senate bill referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on May 14; House bill referred to House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on June 1.

5. Gun Show Loophole Closing Act
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on May 19 introduced H.R.2380, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, which would require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hire inspectors to examine gun show operators’ and vendors’ records while mandating all gun show sellers obtain a background check for all guns sold. The same bill, sponsored by Maloney’s protege, former-Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), failed to pass muster  three times in last five years. Status: Referred to House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on June 26. 

6. Collectible Firearms Protection Act
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) on June 2 has introduced HR 2611, the Collectible Firearms Protection Act, would reverse a State Department decision to block importation of historic M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. A similar Lummis’ bill was introduced in 2013 but never enacted. Status: Referred to House Foreign and Ways & Means committees.

7. Firearm Risk Protection Act
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on May 21 introduced HR 2546, the Firearm Risk Protection Act, which would require gun owners nationwide to carry liability insurance. Maloney introduced a similar bill in 2013 but it never made it to the floor. Status: Referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations subcommittee on July 16.

8. Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act
Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (both D-Conn.), and Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on June 11 introduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act in the Senate and the House. The bill would provide grant monies to states, local governments and Indian tribes that develop strident handgun license requirements. Status: HR 2732 referred to the House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on July 1; S.1751 referred to Senate Judiciary on July 13.

9. Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah) and 100 co­sponsors on June 10 introduced HR 2710, the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act, which would restrict the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ability to ban AR­15 ammunition. The bill would update the 1968 Gun Control Act by restricting the ATF from banning other firearms and ammunition, such as shotguns and shotgun shells, and prohibit Presidents from bypassing Congress when making policy that affects the 2nd Amendment. On Oct. 27, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced a companion bill, S. 2209, in the Senate. Status: HR 2710 referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on July 1; S. 2209 referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 27.

10. Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and nine cosponsors on June 11 introduced HR 2732, the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, which would make federal law similar to the one Maryland enacted in 2013, which requires fingerprinting and licensing, and has amended a bill he introduced in June with financial incentives to encourage states to do so. Status: Referred to the House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on July 1.

11. Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act
Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand (D-NY) on July 14 introduced S. 1760, the Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act, which would make it a federal crime to sell or transfer two or more firearms to someone prohibited from gun ownership and to provide false information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) firearm transaction record. Gillibrand sponsored a similar 2013 bill that fell two votes shy of defeating a Republican-led filibuster. Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on July 14.

12. Gun Owner Social Security Privacy bill
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) and 31 cosponsors on July 21 introduced HR 3126 to make it a privacy violation for the Commissioner of Social Security to furnish the name of any individual to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System unless a federal court has determined the individual to be mentally defective. Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee on July 21.

13. Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and 89 cosponsor on July 29 introduced HR 3411, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015, which would expand Brady Act background checks to all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like felons, fugitives and domestic abusers and requires gun owners to report their lost or stolen firearm(s) within 48 hours. Status: Referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on Sept. 28.

14. Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act of 2015
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) on Sept. 9 introduced HR 3830, the Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act of 2015, which would impose a $100 federal tax on the sales of guns. Status: Referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on Nov. 23.

15. Hearing Protection Act of 2015
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) and 41 cosponsors on Oct. 22 introduced HR 3799, the Hearing Protection Act of 2015, which would remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act and place them in the same regulatory category as long guns, eliminating a $200 federal tax on gun silencers. Sen. Mike Crapo introduced S. 2236, the Senate version, on Nov. 4. Status: S. 2236 referred to Senate Finance Committee on Nov. 4; HR 3799 referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on Nov. 23.

16. Gun Dealer Accountability Act
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) on Oct. 28 introduced HR 3853, the Gun Dealer Accountability Act, which would allow the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to do more frequent inspections and require lists of inventory from gun stores that have illegally transferred guns or have served as the source of 10 or more weapons used in crimes in the previous two years. Status: Referred to House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee on Nov. 23.

from Camping & Outdoor http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gun-shots/16-gun-bills-2015-you-might-see-again-2016

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