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Gun Legislation in the New Congress

January 20, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

There’s been a lot of concern among gun owners that, under President Obama, Congress will pass a law this session that threatens their right to bear arms. “People are concerned about overreaching legislation from Washington,” one gun shop owner is quoted as saying in a New York Times article about surging gun sales just after the election. “They are educating themselves on the Internet,” the shop owner added.

Here’s a rundown of all the firearm-related legislation that has been introduced into Congress so far this session:

H.R. 17 – Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2009
To protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right.

H.R. 45 – Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009
To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

H.R. 197 – National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State.

H.R. 257 – Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2007
To prevent children’s access to firearms.

H.R. 442 – Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act of 2009
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.

H.R. 495 – Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act of 2009
To authorize additional resources to identify and eliminate illicit sources of firearms smuggled into Mexico for use by violent drug trafficking organizations, and for other purposes.

H.R. 623
To provide for greater judicial discretion in sentencing for certain firearms offenses committed in exceptional circumstances.

As always, you can use your “My OpenCongress” account (login or register) to track these bills and get alerted to congressional actions and related news and blog coverage from around the internet. You can also use your account to track the Firearms issue area to be alerted to new gun legislation as it is introduced into Congress.

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  • Anonymous 01/24/2009 9:28am

    I’m going to start including the link to this post where I drop mine. This is incredibly helpful, and reassuring.

    I saw a video recently about the British trying to get thier gun rights back and it really ticked me off. I created an online petition for it if you are interested in signing it too. It affirms our second amendment rights and will be delivered to Congress once it reaches 3.1 million signatures. I believe we may not be represented well enough under the new administration and this is a great way to communicate your opinion to our goverment. If you get a chance, could you sign it or pass it around?


  • ronabner56 03/28/2013 10:24am

    I think that a modification is required. You don’t want to see kids playing with some AR 15 Accessories on the streets. The weapon control should much more restrictive. I don’t know why a severe reform hasn’t been approved yet.

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