Title: Visa Waiver Program Firearms Clarification Act of 2015
Subject: Firearms and explosives: Immigration status and procedures: Travel and tourism: Visas and passports: Crime and law enforcement
Description: Visa Waiver Program Firearms Clarification Act of 2015 The bill amends the federal criminal code to modify the eligibility of certain foreign nationals to purchase and possess firearms in the United States. Current law prohibits firearm sale or transfer to or possession by a foreign national (i.e., alien) who is: (1) unlawfully present in the United States, or (2) lawfully present under a nonimmigrant visa (e.g., tourist visa). The prohibitions do not apply in certain circumstances. This bill expands the prohibition to bar firearm sale or transfer to or possession by a foreign national who was lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. The prohibitions do not apply to a foreign national lawfully admitted under the Visa Waiver Program if that foreign national is a government official or law enforcement officer, or possesses a hunting license. Additionally, such foreign national may apply for a Department of Justice waiver to allow firearm possession.
Session: 114th Congress
Last Action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Last Action Date: January 15, 2016
Companion Bill: SB2323
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31 sponsors: Tammy Duckworth (D); Jackie Speier (D); Adam Schiff (D); Steve Cohen (D); Mike Quigley (D); Henry Johnson (D); Chris Van Hollen (D); Eliot Engel (D); Alan Grayson (D); Elizabeth Esty (D); Alan Lowenthal (D); David Scott (D); Zoe Lofgren (D); Bill Foster (D); Jerrold Nadler (D); Patrick Murphy (D); Ed Perlmutter (D); Eric Swalwell (D); Sheila Jackson-Lee (D); John Conyers (D); Rick Larsen (D); Lois Frankel (D); John Carney (D); Michael Honda (D); Mark DeSaulnier (D); Ruben Hinojosa (D); Gregory Meeks (D); Mark Takai (D); Elijah Cummings (D); Stephen Lynch (D); John Delaney (D);
Percentage of House Of Representatives sponsoring bill: 7% (31 of 435)
|House||Jan 15, 2016||Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.|
|House||Nov 30, 2015||Introduced in House|
|House||Nov 30, 2015||Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.|
|Introduced||Dec 1 2015||federal link||bill text|
|There are no amendments to this bill at this time|
Committee Name: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations
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