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Proposed Federal Firearm Legislation SB1435

  this is an pro-gun bill
Legislation Overview

Title: Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2017

Subject: Crime and law enforcement: 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

Description: Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2017 This bill 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. The bill: (1) 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; and (2) 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. The Department of Justice (DOJ) shall provide clear notice of, and the Department of Veterans Affairs shall carry out an outreach program and develop a communications strategy to provide veterans information regarding, the amnesty and registration period. DOJ shall: (1) transfer each firearm qualifying as a curio or relic that has been forfeited to the United States to the first qualified museum that requests it, and (2) publish information identifying each such firearm that is available to be transferred to a museum. The bill: (1) prohibits DOJ from destroying any such firearm that has been forfeited until five years after the forfeiture, and (2) requires that any firearm transferred to a qualified museum be registered to the transferee. The prohibition against transfer or possession of a machine-gun shall not apply to a transfer to or by, or to possession by, a museum that is open to the public and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under applicable state law.

Session: 115th Congress

Last Action: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Last Action Date: June 26, 2017


Companion Bill: HB3054


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2 sponsors: Tom Cotton (R); Angus King (I);

Percentage of Senate sponsoring bill: 2% (2 of 100)

Chamber Date Action
Senate Jun 26, 2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Type Date Federal Link Text
Introduced Jul 11 2017 federal link bill text
Title Description Date State Link Text Adopted
There are no amendments to this bill at this time

Chamber: S

Committee Name: Judiciary

Votes - Click on description to view vote roll call

There have not been any votes on this bill

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