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H.J.Res. 40 (115th): Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

About the resolution

###The context and what the bill does

The Obama Administration in its closing days instituted a new regulation instituting a novel form of gun control. The rule Public Law 115–8 was recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump to overturn this rule.

###What supporters say

Republicans saw this as an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment and power grab by a Democratic administration whose party had just been voted out of office. They called the existing classifications arbitrary. Other groups like the ACLU added that the rule noted in floor remarks. “The ‘personal opinion’ of a bureaucrat cannot be the basis for taking away a person’s Second Amendment rights. Further… the ‘disorder list’ is a convoluted mess of afflictions that may or may not cause someone to …

Sponsor and status

Sam Johnson

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017
Length: 1 page
Jan 30, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 28, 2017

This resolution was enacted after being signed by the President on February 28, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-8

120 Cosponsors (119 Republicans, 1 Democrat)



Jan 30, 2017

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Feb 2, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Feb 15, 2017
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Feb 28, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.J.Res. 40 (115th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.J.Res. 40. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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