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H.R. 2945 (115th): Congressional Personal Safety 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 almost died ...


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2945

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 20, 2017

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

A BILL

To grant Members of Congress the right to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States, except in the United States Capitol.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Personal Safety Act.

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Right of Member of Congress to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States, except in the United States Capitol

(a)

In general

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

926D.

Carrying of firearms by Members of Congress

(a)

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 firearm for any lawful purpose—

(1)

in any State, notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation of the State or any political subdivision thereof; and

(2)

in the Capitol Buildings (as described in section 5101 of title 40, United States Code) other than the United States Capitol, and on the United States Capitol Grounds (as described in section 5102 of such title), notwithstanding section 5104(e)(1) of such title.

(b)

The identification required by this subsection is the photographic identification issued by a House of the Congress that identifies the person photographed as a Member of that House.

(c)

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

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(b)

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 firearms by Member of Congress.

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