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H.R. 4603 (114th): Hate Crimes Prevention Act

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To prevent a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime, or received an enhanced sentence for a misdemeanor because of hate or bias in its commission, from obtaining a firearm.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

David Cicilline

Sponsor. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016
Length: 3 pages
Feb 24, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 24, 2016, 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).


74 Cosponsors (74 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Maloney and Survivors hold sit-in on National Day of Action for Gun Violence Prevention
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 29, 2016

Congresswoman Beatty Leads Community Conversation on Gun Violence
    — Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 10, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Clyburn to Join Democrats to Hold \"Lighting the Way' National Speak Out
    — Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6] on Jul 11, 2016

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Feb 24, 2016

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

H.R. 4603 (114th) 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. 4603. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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