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S. 551 (114th): Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015

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A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
Length: 18 pages
Feb 24, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 24, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


33 Cosponsors (30 Democrats, 2 Independents, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Menendez, Colleagues Demand Comprehensive Action to Reduce Gun Violence
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 24, 2015

Wyden, Colleagues Call for Closing Terrorist Gun Loophole
    — Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 24, 2015

Carper, Coons Urge Republican Leaders to Act Swiftly on Legislation to Stop Terrorists from Buying Firearms, Explosives
    — Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 24, 2015

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Feb 24, 2015

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

S. 551 (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 S. 551. 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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