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S. 2209 (114th): Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 27, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2209

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 27, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To revise various laws that interfere with the right of the people to obtain and use firearms for all lawful purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act.

2.

Elimination of authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as armor piercing ammunition

Section 921(a)(17) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B)—

(A)

in clause (i), by striking may be used and inserting is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer for use; and

(B)

in clause (ii), by inserting by the manufacturer or importer before for use; and

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes and inserting is primarily intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used in a rifle or shotgun, a handgun projectile that is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used for hunting, recreational, or competitive shooting.

3.

Elimination of restrictions on importation of non-National Firearms Act firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold in the United States

(a)

Elimination of prohibitions

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (7) and inserting the following:

(7)

for any person to manufacture or import armor piercing ammunition, unless the manufacture or importation of the ammunition—

(A)

is for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State;

(B)

is for the purpose of exportation; or

(C)

is for the purpose of testing or experimentation, and has been authorized by the Attorney General;

;

(2)

in subsection (l), by striking 925(d) of this chapter and inserting 925; and

(3)

by striking subsection (r).

(b)

Broadening of exceptions

Section 925 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (3), by striking determined and all that follows through the end and inserting intended for the lawful personal use of such member or club.; and

(B)

in paragraph (4), by striking (A) and all that follows through for the and inserting intended for the lawful; and

(2)

by striking subsections (d), (e), and (f) and inserting the following:

(d)
(1)

Not later than 30 days after the Attorney General receives an application therefor, the Attorney General shall authorize a firearm or ammunition to be imported or brought into the United States or any possession thereof if—

(A)

the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for scientific, research, testing, or experimentation purposes;

(B)

the firearm is an unserviceable firearm (other than a machine gun as defined in section 5845(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that is readily restorable to firing condition) imported or brought in as a curio or museum piece;

(C)

the firearm is not a firearm as defined in section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(D)

the ammunition is not armor piercing ammunition (as defined in section 921(a)(17)(B) of this title), unless subparagraph (A), (E), (F), or (G) of this paragraph applies;

(E)

the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State;

(F)

the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for the purpose of exportation;

(G)

the firearm or ammunition was previously taken out of the United States or a possession thereof by the person who is bringing in the firearm or ammunition; or

(H)

the firearm is a firearm defined as curio or relic by the Attorney General under section 921(a)(13) of this title.

(2)

Not later than 30 days after the Attorney General receives an application therefor, the Attorney General shall permit the conditional importation or bringing in of a firearm or ammunition for examination and testing in connection with the making of a determination as to whether the importation or bringing in of the firearm or ammunition will be allowed under this subsection.

(3)

The Attorney General shall not authorize, under this subsection, the importation of any firearm the importation of which is prohibited by section 922(p).

.

4.

Protection of shotguns, shotgun shells, and large caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as destructive devices

(a)

Amendments to the National Firearms Act

Section 5845(f) of the National Firearms Act is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2) of the first sentence, by striking recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes and inserting recognized as suitable for lawful purposes; and

(2)

in the second sentence, by striking use solely for sporting purposes and inserting use for sporting purposes.

(b)

Amendments to title 18, United States Code

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

(1)

in subparagraph (B) of the 1st sentence, by striking particularly suitable for sporting and inserting suitable for lawful; and

(2)

in the 2nd sentence, by striking solely.

5.

Broadening of the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for sporting purposes

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (5)(B), by striking sporting; and

(B)

in paragraph (9), by striking sporting; and

(2)

in subsection (b)(3)(B), by striking sporting.