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S. 257 (102nd): Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to require a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status


Jan 23, 1991
102nd Congress, 1991–1992

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 23, 1991, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Howard Metzenbaum

Senator for Ohio



Jan 23, 1991

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S. 257 (102nd) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 102nd Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 9, 1992. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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