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H.R. 1278 (115th): Ghost Guns Are Guns Act

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To amend title 18, United States Code, to require firearm assembly kits to be considered to be firearms.

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Sponsor and status

Adriano Espaillat

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Mar 1, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 1, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


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rep. adriano Espaillat statement following las vegas shooting
    — Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13] (Sponsor) on Oct 2, 2017

Reps. Brad Schneider and Adriano Espaillat Introduce Legislation to Close the Ghost Guns Loophole
    — Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 3, 2017

reps. adriano Espaillat and brad schneider introduce legislation to close the ghost guns loophole
    — Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13] (Sponsor) on Mar 3, 2017

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Mar 1, 2017

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H.R. 1278 (115th) 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.

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

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