Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

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Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 (H.R.45) was introduced in the House on January 6, 2009 and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. On February 9, 2009, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. [1]  It is sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D, IL-1) and does not have any co-sponsors.



The bill would establish a federal gun registry program that would help the government track information on gun ownership and gun sales across the country. It would apply to handguns and all rifles with a “detachable ammunition feeding device.”  It also proposes a federal licensing requirement for all gun owners. In order to get a license, a person would have to submit a photo, a thumbprint, their address, a release of their mental health records, and more to the United States Attorney General. Current gun owners would have two years to acquire a license or forfeit their guns to the government.[2]

There are several other controversial provisions in the legislation, including the ability for the Attorney General to, “during regular business hours, enter any place in which firearms or firearm products are manufactured, stored, or held, for distribution in commerce, and inspect those areas where the products are so manufactured, stored, or held.” [3]

There is also a "child access prevention" section that would make it illegal to knowingly keep a loaded gun in a place where it is accessible to children.[4]

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Articles and resources


  1. OpenCongress' info page on the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record Sale Act of 2009.
  2. "text of H.R. 45"
  3. "text of H.R. 45"
  4. "text of H.R. 45"

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