H.R. 117: Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013

Jan 03, 2013
Referred to Committee
1% chance of being enacted
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Rush Holt
Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district
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H.R. 124 (108th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 07, 2003


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 3, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jan 03, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 03, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
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7% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns.


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2 cosponsors (2D) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Library of Congress Summary

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Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to direct the Attorney General to establish a federal system for the licensing and registration of all handguns in the United States, including a method for easily retrieving information sufficient to identify each resident of a state who owns, possesses, or controls a handgun and each such handgun.
Prohibits the ownership, possession, or control of a handgun in a state by a person who: (1) is not licensed under such system; and (2) has not registered the handgun with a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency. Provides for a fine and/or imprisonment not less than 15 years for violations. Prohibits the court from suspending a sentence of imprisonment or imposing a probationary sentence for anyone who knowingly violates such prohibition.
Exempts states the Attorney General certifies have in effect such a licensing and registration system that imposes criminal penalties on anyone who owns, possesses, or controls a handgun and who: (1) has not completed training in firearms safety; (2) is not licensed by the state to possess a handgun; or (3) has not registered the handgun with a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency.

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