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H.R. 1397: Notify ICE Act

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Should immigration authorities be alerted if an undocumented immigrants attempts to purchase a weapon?


Any would-be gun purchaser in the U.S. is currently required to pass the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. (Although there are some loopholes, such as the Charleston loophole allowing a gun sale if the background check comes back inconclusive after three days.)

FBI statistics list more than 8 million undocumented immigrants in the background check system. In 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 3,337 undocumented immigrants (p. 16 of the report) attempted to purchase a gun but were denied because of the system.

However, those denials just end there, with the tally going up by one in the FBI’s database. Immigration authorities themselves aren’t alerted of ...

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Ben Cline

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Feb 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Feb 27, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 27, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 27, 2019

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