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Text of the Child Safety and Home Security Act of 2001

This bill was introduced on February 7, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 7, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 507 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 507

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a nonrefundable tax credit against income tax for individuals who purchase a residential safe storage device for the safe storage of firearms.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 7, 2001

Mr. HILLEARY (for himself, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr. NORWOOD, Mr. HALL of Texas, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. PAUL, Mr. ROSS, Mr. NEY, Mr. GOODE, Mr. SCHAFFER, Mr. HUTCHINSON, and Mr. BISHOP) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a nonrefundable tax credit against income tax for individuals who purchase a residential safe storage device for the safe storage of firearms.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Child Safety and Home Security Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. CREDIT FOR RESIDENTIAL SAFE STORAGE DEVICE PURCHASES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to nonrefundable personal credits) is amended by inserting after section 25A the following new section:

‘SEC. 25B. PURCHASE OF A RESIDENTIAL SAFE STORAGE DEVICE.

    ‘(a) ALLOWANCE OF CREDIT- In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter an amount equal to 100 percent of the amount paid by the taxpayer for the purchase or purchases of a residential safe storage device that is put into service by the taxpayer for the securing of firearms.

    ‘(b) LIMITATIONS-

      ‘(1) MAXIMUM CREDIT- The credit allowed under subsection (a) shall not exceed $1,500 for each individual for a taxable year.

      ‘(2) CARRYFORWARD OF UNUSED CREDITS- If the credit allowable under subsection (a) for any taxable year exceeds the limitation imposed by section 26(a) for such taxable year reduced by the sum of the credits allowable under this subpart (other than this section and section 23), such excess shall be carried to the succeeding taxable year and added to the credit allowable under subsection (a) for such taxable year. No credit may be carried forward under this subsection to any taxable year following the third taxable year after the taxable year in which the purchase or purchases are made. For purposes of the preceding sentence, credits shall be treated as used on a first-in first-out basis.

    ‘(c) DEFINITION OF RESIDENTIAL SAFE STORAGE DEVICE- The term ‘residential safe storage device’ means a device or container not meant for display of firearms which is specifically designed to store or safeguard firearms from unauthorized access, and which must be unlocked by means of a key, combination, or other similar means.

    ‘(d) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION; EVIDENCE-

      ‘(1) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this section shall be construed--

        ‘(A) as creating a cause of action against any firearms dealer or any other person for any civil liability; or

        ‘(B) as establishing any standard of care.

      ‘(2) EVIDENCE- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, evidence regarding the use or non-use by a taxpayer of the tax credit under this section shall not be admissible as evidence in any proceeding of any court, agency, board, or other entity for the purposes of establishing liability based on a civil action brought on any theory for harm caused by a product or by negligence, or for purposes of drawing an inference that the taxpayer owns a firearm.

    ‘(e) USE OF INFORMATION- No database identifying gun owners may be created using information from tax returns on which the credit under this section is claimed.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections for subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 25A the following new item:

      ‘25B. Purchase of a residential safe storage device.’.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2001.