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Proposed Federal Firearm Legislation HB449

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Legislation Overview

Title: To provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register certain firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and for other purposes.

Subject: Criminal justice information and records: Evidence and witnesses: Firearms and explosives: Government information and archives: Historical and cultural resources: Licensing and registrations: Military personnel and dependents: Museums, exhibitions, cultural centers: Crime and law enforcement

Description: Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2013 - Provides a 90-day amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record any firearm acquired before October 31, 1968, by a veteran while a member of the Armed Forces stationed outside the continental United States. Grants such an individual limited immunity under the federal criminal code and the Internal Revenue Code with respect to the acquisition, possession, transportation, or alteration of such firearm before or concurrent with such registration. Extends such immunity to a veteran who attempts to register a qualifying firearm outside of the amnesty period if the veteran surrenders the firearm within 30 days after being notified of potential criminal liability for continued possession. Requires the Attorney General to provide clear notice of, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out an outreach program and develop a communications strategy to provide veterans information regarding, the amnesty and registration period. Requires the Attorney General to: (1) transfer each firearm qualifying as a curio or relic which has been forfeited to the United States to the first qualified museum that requests it, and (2) publish information identifying each such firearm which is available to be transferred to a museum. Prohibits the Attorney General from destroying any such firearm which has been forfeited until five years after the forfeiture. Requires that any firearm transferred to a qualified museum be registered to the transferee. Makes a prohibition against transfer or possession of a machine-gun inapplicable to a transfer to or by, or possession by, a museum which is open to the public and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under applicable state law.

Session: 113th Congress

Last Action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.

Last Action Date: February 28, 2013



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10 sponsors: Miller, Jeff; Barletta, Lou; Bishop, Rob; Cotton, Tom; Hartzler, Vicky; Massie, Thomas; Pompeo, Mike; Smith, Adrian; Southerland, Steve II; Young, Todd C.;

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

Chamber Date Action
House Feb 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
House Feb 1, 2013 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
House Feb 1, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
House Feb 1, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
House Feb 1, 2013 Referred to House Veterans' Affairs
Type Date Federal Link Text
Introduced Feb 11 2013 federal link bill text
Title Description Date State Link Text Adopted
There are no amendments to this bill at this time

Chamber: H

Committee Name: Veterans' Affairs

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There have not been any votes on this bill

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