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H.R. 21 (113th): NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act of 2013

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The NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act would put in place five gun-control measures, including mandatory background checks for every gun purchase. In naming the bill, its sponsor, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), refers to a recent poll indicating that these measures are popular among members of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Despite the title, the bill has not been endorsed by the NRA.

Specifically, the five measures would:

  • Require background checks on all potential gun buyers, as opposed to the currently applicable Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which requires checks only on those who buy from federally licensed gun dealers. Private sellers would have to verify, either with local law enforcement or certified gun dealers, that the purchaser is not prohibited from gun ownership. The bill exempts sales to law …

Sponsor and status

James “Jim” Moran

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2013
Length: 37 pages
Jan 3, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Jan 3, 2013

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 21 (113th) 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 21. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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