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H.R. 3926 (114th): Gun Violence Research Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 4, 2015 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 3926


November 4, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Norton, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Rangel, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Brownley of California, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Esty, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Farr, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Rush, Mr. Sires, Mr. Norcross, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Adams, Mr. Ruppersberger, and Mr. Moulton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for better understanding of the epidemic of gun violence, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Gun Violence Research Act.


Reaffirming research authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


In general

Section 391 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280b) is amended—


in subsection (a)(1), by striking research relating to the causes, mechanisms, prevention, diagnosis, treatment of injuries, and rehabilitation from injuries; and inserting

research, including data collection, relating to—


the causes, mechanisms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries, including with respect to gun violence; and


rehabilitation from such injuries;

; and


by adding at the end the following new subsection:


No advocacy or promotion of gun control

Nothing in this section shall be construed to—


authorize the Secretary to give assistance, make grants, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts for the purpose of advocating or promoting gun control; or


permit a recipient of any assistance, grant, cooperative agreement, or contract under this section to use such assistance, grant, agreement, or contract for the purpose of advocating or promoting gun control.



Authorization of appropriations

Section 394A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280b–3) is amended by striking authorized to be appropriated and all that follows through the end and inserting the following: authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2016 through 2020..


National violent death reporting system

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall improve, particularly through the inclusion of additional States, the National Violent Death Reporting System, as authorized by title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241 et seq.). Participation in the system by the States shall be voluntary.


Protecting confidential doctor-patient relationship

Section 2717(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg–17(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Rule of construction

Notwithstanding the previous provisions of this subsection, none of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an amendment made by that Act, or this subsection shall be construed to prohibit a physician or other health care provider from—


asking a patient about the ownership, possession, use, or storage of a firearm or ammunition in the home of such patient;


speaking to a patient about gun safety; or


reporting to the authorities a patient’s threat of violence.