H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

Bill Text

    Rules Committee Print 116-5 PDF

    Showing the text of H.R. 8—Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (as ordered reported by the Committee on the Judiciary).

    Text of H.R. 8 PDF XML

    Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (as reported)

    H. Rept. 116-11 PDF

    Report from the Committee on the Judiciary

Rule Information

COMMITTEE ACTION:
REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 8-4 on Monday, February 25, 2019.

FLOOR ACTION ON H. RES. 145: 
Agreed to by record vote of 230-196, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 229-191, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

MANAGERS: Raskin/Lesko

1. Structured rule for H.R. 8.

2. Provides one hour of general debate on the bill equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116-5 and provides that it shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part A of the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part A of the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

9. Structured rule for H.R. 1112.

10. Provides one hour of general debate on the bill equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

11. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

12. Provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116-6 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

13. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.

14. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

15. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report.

16. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Rush (IL)DemocratEstablishes trafficking in firearms and straw purchasing of firearms as criminal offenses and prohibits transferring a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a violent crime or drug trafficking offense.Submitted
2Version 1Hudson (NC)RepublicanProvides reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders when crossing states lines. Submitted
3Version 1Rush (IL)DemocratProvides for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms.Submitted
4Version 1Brown (MD)DemocratRequires the FBI to submit a report to Congress with recommendations on how to improve the FBI's public access line. Submitted
5Version 1Brown (MD)DemocratRequires that individuals must be 21 years of age to purchase a semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has or can accept a magazine of more than five rounds, and provides an exemption for active duty military members and full-time law enforcement. Submitted
6Version 1Brown (MD)DemocratProhibits those who are subject to an ex parte domestic violence restraining order issued by Sate, tribal, or territorial law from possessing a firearm. Submitted
7Version 2Buck (CO)RepublicanRevised Allows the temporary transfer of a firearm to prevent anyone who is suicidal, has threatened others, or has exhibited disturbing behavior access to a firearm; and to allow a victim of domestic violence to protect himself or herself.Revised
8Version 1Buck (CO)RepublicanProhibits the creation of a national firearms registry, and provides that if any part of this legislation is found to be unconstitutional, then any records created pursuant to this legislation must be destroyed.Submitted
9Version 1Buck (CO)RepublicanIncludes transfers between additional kinds of family members as exempt from the requirements of the bill, including spouses in a common law marriage, step-parents/step child, foster-parent/foster child, step and foster siblings, first cousins and great-grandparent and great-grandchild. Submitted
10Version 1Armstrong (ND), Hurd (TX)RepublicanAdds ranching and farming to the list of exempted activities for a temporary transfer of a firearm.Submitted
11Version 1Lesko (AZ)RepublicanAllows for the transfer of a firearm to a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault who has an order of protection issued by a court.Submitted
12Version 1Lesko (AZ)RepublicanAllows the transfer of firearms to individuals who have been admitted and are participants in the Global Entry Program.Submitted
13Version 2Lesko (AZ)RepublicanRevised Allows the temporary transfer of firearms to individuals which take place solely on the property of the firearm owner. Revised
14Version 1Lesko (AZ)RepublicanAllows the transfer of firearms to individuals who have a valid state-issued permit to purchase or own a firearm. Submitted
15Version 1Lesko (AZ)RepublicanAllows the transfer of firearms to individuals who participate in the TSA Pre-Check program of the Department of Homeland Security. Made In Order
16Version 1Palmer (AL)RepublicanEnsures that state laws and regulations related to private party transfers are not pre-empted by the bill.Submitted
17Version 1Gosar (AZ)RepublicanProvides notice to Homeland Security of prospective firearm transferees that are illegally or unlawfully in the United States. Submitted
18Version 1Gosar (AZ)RepublicanWithdrawn Exempts individuals who possess a valid permit to carry a firearm, and valid hunter’s education, from the universal background check requirements.Withdrawn
19Version 1Gosar (AZ)RepublicanProhibits the ATF from copying firearms transaction record forms, and adding them to or creating a database, without a specific warrant to do so. Submitted
20Version 1Lesko (AZ)RepublicanAllows the transfer of firearms to individuals who have a security clearance. Submitted
21Version 1Gianforte (MT), Hurd (TX)RepublicanClarifies that transferring firearms from a property owner to a ranch hand for the purposes of ranch activities such as predator and pest control, hunting, target practice, and for the use in safety courses is permitted. Submitted
22Version 1Reschenthaler (PA)RepublicanAllows an individual who thinks they may be a danger to themselves or others to immediately transfer their firearm. The recipient must be an individual who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under current law. Submitted
23Version 1Gosar (AZ)RepublicanProhibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the VA, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others. Submitted
24Version 1Green, Al (TX)DemocratProhibits the transfer of a firearm at a gun show by a person who is not a licensed dealer. Submitted
25Version 1Delgado (NY)DemocratWithdrawn Allows for loan and bona fide gift transfers between legal guardians and wards. Withdrawn
26Version 1Delgado (NY)DemocratWithdrawn Allows for loan and bona fide gift transfers between step-parents and step-children. Withdrawn
27Version 1Dean (PA)DemocratClarifies that the exemption from the background check requirement in instances of imminent threats of death or great bodily harm would apply to someone who is at risk of committing suicide.Made In Order
28Version 1Scalise (LA)RepublicanAllows the transfer of a firearm to a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, an individual protected under an order of protection issued by a court of law, a person with a valid concealed carry permit, a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty, or an active duty or retired law enforcement officer. Submitted
29Version 1Steube (FL), Buck (CO), Hurd (TX)RepublicanRequires the national instant criminal background check system to notify the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency of the Department of Homeland Security whenever the information available to the system indicates that a person illegally or unlawfully in the United States may be attempting to receive a firearm.Submitted
30Version 1Van Drew (NJ), Brindisi (NY), Delgado (NY)DemocratClarifies that the exception for gifts and loans of firearms between parents and their children applies to step-parents and step-children.Made In Order
31Version 1Byrne (AL)RepublicanSUBSTITUTE Late Strikes the text of the bill and provides for concealed carry reciprocity among the states.Submitted
32Version 1Collins, Doug (GA)RepublicanLate Withdrawn Exempts transfers of firearms to a victim of domestic violence who has a court-issued restraining order against the perpetrator of domestic violence. Withdrawn
33Version 1Collins, Doug (GA)RepublicanLate Exempts transfers of firearms to or from museums or historical displays.Submitted
34Version 1Collins, Doug (GA)RepublicanSUBSTITUTE Late Establishes a fusion center at the FBI to prevent mass violence and encourage coordination amongst law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Submitted
35Version 1Collins, Doug (GA)RepublicanLate Allows an FFL to transfer a firearm to the spouse of an active-duty member of the military. Submitted
36Version 1Collins, Doug (GA)RepublicanLate Permits the transfer of a firearm without use of a FFL if the transferee has presented to the transferor, a qualifying valid permit or license to purchase or possess a firearm.Submitted
37Version 1Cline (VA)RepublicanLate Requires that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is notified of firearm transfer denials by reason of illegal or unlawful presence in the United States.Submitted
38Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Makes its illegal for a manufacture, importer, or dealer to sell a firearm to anyone they have reasonable cause to believe has been convinced of illegal entry or is an illegal immigrant to the United States. Submitted
39Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Amends the section of the bill to include those that have served in the military in the past as well those currently serving in the military. Submitted
40Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Creates an exemption for current and former servicemembers who have won accolades, ribbons, awards, medals, or any commendation for their marksmanship. Submitted
41Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Creates an exemption for individuals who have completed firearm/marksmanship safety or training classes. Submitted
42Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Creates additional exclusions for former law enforcement officers and removes the limitation of firearm transfers to their course of duty.Submitted
43Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Adds an additional exclusion to those with security clearances.Submitted
44Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Removes the time limitation on the term "imminent bodily harm"Submitted
45Version 1Gaetz (FL)RepublicanLate Creates an exemption for individuals who have recieved orders of protection against others such as restraining orders Submitted
46Version 1Van Drew (NJ), Brindisi (NY)DemocratLate Adds sales to the list of family exceptions such as loans and gifts.Submitted
47Version 1Horn (OK), Murphy (FL)DemocratLate Clarifies that "great bodily harm" includes domestic violence, dating partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse.Made In Order
48Version 1Duncan (SC)RepublicanLate Removes suppressors from the purview of the National Firearm Act, replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check. The HPA also includes a provision to eliminate the $200 transfer tax and replace it with a 10% Pittman-Robertson tax added to all suppressor sales.Submitted