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Text of the Long-Range Sniper Rifle Safety Act of 2007

This bill was introduced on May 8, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 8, 2007 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1331

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 8, 2007

(for herself, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Levin, Mr. Menendez, Ms. Mikulski, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Durbin, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Schumer, and Mr. Dodd) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To regulate .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Long-Range Sniper Rifle Safety Act of 2007.

2.

Coverage of .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles under the gun control Act of 1968

(a)

In general

Section 921(a)(4)(B) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking any type of weapon and inserting the following: “any—

(i)

type of weapon

; and

(2)

by striking and at the end and inserting the following: “or

(ii)

.50 BMG caliber sniper rifle; and

.

(b)

Definition of .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle

Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(36)

The term .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle means—

(A)

a rifle capable of firing a center-fire cartridge in .50 BMG caliber, including a 12.7 mm equivalent of .50 BMG and any other metric equivalent; or

(B)

a copy or duplicate of any rifle described in subparagraph (A), or any other rifle developed and manufactured after the date of enactment of this paragraph, regardless of caliber, if such rifle is capable of firing a projectile that attains a muzzle energy of 12,000 foot-pounds or greater in any combination of bullet, propellant, case, or primer.

.

3.

Coverage of .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles under the National Firearms Act

(a)

In general

Section 5845(f) of the National Firearms Act (26 U.S.C. 5845(f)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and (3) and inserting (3) any .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle (as that term is defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code); and (4); and

(2)

by striking (1) and (2) and inserting (1), (2), or (3).

(b)

Modification to definition of rifle

Section 5845(c) of the National Firearms Act (26 U.S.C. 5845(c)) is amended by inserting or from a bipod or other support after shoulder.

4.

Implementation

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall implement regulations providing for notice and registration of .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles as destructive devices (as those terms are defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by this Act) under this Act and the amendments made by this Act, including the use of a notice and registration process similar to that used when the USAS–12, Striker 12, and Streetsweeper shotguns were reclassified as destructive devices and registered between 1994 and 2001 (ATF Ruling 94–1 (ATF Q.B. 1994–1, 22); ATF Ruling 94–2 (ATF Q.B. 1994–1, 24); and ATF Ruling 2001–1 (66 Fed. Reg. 9748)). The Attorney General shall ensure that under the regulations issued under this section, the time period for the registration of any previously unregistered .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle shall end not later than 7 years after the date of enactment of this Act.