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S. 533 (115th): Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

S. 533


March 6, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Feinstein, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Markey, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Reed, and Mr. Whitehouse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To modernize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act of 2017.


Modernization of the prohibition on un­de­tect­able firearms

Section 922(p) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—


in paragraph (1)—


in subparagraph (A), by striking grips, stocks, and magazines and inserting all parts other than a major component; and


in subparagraph (B), by striking when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate and inserting the following: if subjected to inspection by the types of detection devices commonly used at airports for security screening, would not generate;


in paragraph (2)—


by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:


the term major component, with respect to a firearm—


means the slide or cylinder or the frame or receiver of the firearm; and


in the case of a rifle or shotgun, includes the barrel of the firearm; and

; and


by striking subparagraph (C) and all that follows through the end of the undesignated matter following subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:


the term Security Exemplar means an object, to be fabricated at the direction of the Attorney General, that is—


constructed of 3.7 ounces of material type 17–4 PH stainless steel in a shape resembling a handgun; and


suitable for testing and calibrating metal detectors.



in paragraph (3)—


in the first sentence, by inserting , including a prototype, after of a firearm; and


by striking the second sentence; and


in paragraph (5), by striking shall not apply to any firearm which and all that follows and inserting the following: “shall not apply to—


any firearm received by, in the possession of, or under the control of the United States; or


the manufacture, importation, possession, transfer, receipt, shipment, or delivery of a firearm by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer pursuant to a contract with the United States.