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H.R. 2940 (115th): Congressional Self-Defense Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 20, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

When a deranged gunman opened fire on a baseball practice of Congress members last year, possibly the only thing potentially preventing a bloodbath of dozens of members was high-ranking member Steve Scalise’s security detail returning fire.

Since then, the number of mass shootings has only gone up with the Las Vegas concert, Texas church, and Florida high school — as public approval of Congress hovers near all time lows.

Combine all these factors together, and some Congress members want a special law allowing any member to carry a concealed weapon — any time, any place.

(A then-member of Congress, Gabby Giffords of Arizona, was shot in the head and …



1st Session

H. R. 2940


June 20, 2017

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


To allow Members of Congress to carry a concealed firearm anywhere in the United States, with certain exceptions.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Self-Defense Act.


Carrying of concealed firearms by Members of Congress


In general

Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 926C the following:


Carrying of concealed firearms by Members of Congress


Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal law or any law, rule, or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, a Member of Congress who is carrying the identification required by subsection (b) and who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm may carry a concealed firearm for any lawful purpose—


in the United States Capitol only as authorized by regulations issued under section 5104(e)(1)(A) of title 40; and


anywhere else in the United States, except where the United States Secret Service is protecting the President or Vice President of the United States and prohibiting the possession of a firearm.


The identification required by this subsection is a valid identification document (as defined in section 1028(d)(3) of this title) of the Member of Congress containing a photograph of the Member of Congress.


In this section, the term Member of Congress means a Senator or a Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.



Clerical amendment

The table of sections for such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 926C the following:

926D. Carrying of concealed firearms by Members of Congress.