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H.R. 4901: Flamethrowers? Really? Act

About the bill

Most bills in Congress have long and technical names, ones that few people can memorize. The most famous bill of this decade, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010,” became popularly known as simply “Obamacare.” That’s not a risk with H.R. 4009, the Flamethrowers? Really? Act.

Flamethrowers can shoot fire up to 50 feet, and are being sold to consumers in the United States even though even the Department of Defense banned their use in the military in 1978 after the Vietnam War. A spokesperson for ...

Sponsor and status

Eliot Engel

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 16th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Length: 4 pages

Jan 30, 2018


Introduced on Jan 30, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 30, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 30, 2018

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Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 4901 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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