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H.R. 2598 (115th): Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017

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Could Florida’s mass shooting, which killed 17 people, have been prevented if Florida had a law allowing authorities to confiscate weapons from people considered imminent threats? Several other states have such a law on the books, and even Florida’s Republican Senator and staunch 2nd Amendment advocate Marco Rubio now supports such laws.

A bill in Congress would incentivize more states to join their ranks.


The perpetrator of February’s Florida high school mass shooting was repeatedly reported to law enforcement authorities prior to the massacre. Florida does not have a “red flag” law, which allows law enforcement to legally seize weapons belong to an individual who has been deemed an imminent threat to others.

Several states do have such a law, starting with Connecticut in 1999. Four ...

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Salud Carbajal

Sponsor. Representative for California's 24th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 23, 2017
Length: 19 pages
May 23, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 23, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


144 Cosponsors (135 Democrats, 9 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Carbajal Condemns House Republicans Refusal to Allow Votes on Bipartisan Gun Safety Laws Four Years After IV Shooting
    — Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24] (Sponsor) on May 23, 2018

Rep. Susan Davis Joins in Re-Introducing Assault Weapons Ban
    — Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53, 2003-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 27, 2018

Norton to Introduce Resolution Designating June as National Gun Violence Awareness Month, Calls on Congress to Pass National Gun Violence Prevention Legislation to Protect D.C. Residents and Others
    — Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0] (Co-sponsor) on May 31, 2018

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May 23, 2017

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H.R. 2598 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2598. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill 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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