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Proposed Federal Firearm Legislation HB4477

  this is an anti-gun bill
Legislation Overview

Title: Fix NICS Act of 2017

Subject: Crime and law enforcement: Congressional oversight: Criminal justice information and records: Criminal procedure and sentencing: Domestic violence and child abuse: Drug trafficking and controlled substances: Drug, alcohol, tobacco use: Employee performance: Federal officials: Firearms and explosives: Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management: Government information and archives: Intergovernmental relations: Mental health: State and local government operations

Description: Fix NICS Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require each federal agency and department, including a federal court, to: certify whether it has provided to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) disqualifying records of persons prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm, and establish and substantially comply with an implementation plan to maximize record submissions and verify their accuracy. (Sec. 3) The bill amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to modify the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). Specifically, it: establishes a domestic abuse and violence prevention initiative as a priority area for NARIP grant funding, and creates a funding preference for states that establish an implementation plan and use grant funds to upload felony conviction and domestic violence records. (Sec. 4) It amends the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998 to modify the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). Specifically, it: specifies that facilitating full participation in the NICS, as an allowable use of NCHIP grant funds, includes increasing efforts to pre-validate felony conviction and domestic violence records to expedite eligibility determinations; and permits the federal share of a grant to exceed 90% of program costs if a state complies with its implementation plan. (Sec. 5) This section amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to: direct the Department of Justice (DOJ), in coordination with each state or tribal government, to establish an implementation plan, including benchmarks, to maximize the automation and submission of mental health and criminal history records to the NICS; require DOJ to conduct, and publish the results of, compliance determinations for state and tribal governments; give preference to certain discretionary grant applicants that substantially comply with an implementation plan; and require the NICS to notify law enforcement agencies when a firearm is transferred to a person who is subsequently determined to be prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm. (Sec. 6) DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance must report to Congress on the use of bump stocks in the commission of crimes, including the number of instances and the types of firearms. (Sec. 7) The bill authorizes appropriations for FY2018-FY2022 to carry out activities under this bill.

Session: 115th Congress

Last Action: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 322.

Last Action Date: December 5, 2017



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10 sponsors: John Culberson (R); Henry Cuellar (D); Elizabeth Esty (D); Pete Aguilar (D); Ryan Costello (R); Jackie Speier (D); Cedric Richmond (D); Michael McCaul (R); Barbara Comstock (R); Dina Titus (D);

Percentage of House Of Representatives sponsoring bill: 2% (10 of 435)

Chamber Date Action
House Dec 5, 2017 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-437.
House Dec 5, 2017 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 322.
House Nov 29, 2017 Introduced in House
House Nov 29, 2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
House Nov 29, 2017 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
House Nov 29, 2017 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 17 - 6.
Type Date Federal Link Text
Introduced Dec 6 2017 federal link bill text
Introduced Dec 1 2017 federal link bill text
Title Description Date State Link Text Adopted
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