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H.R. 5716 (116th): SAFER Voter Act

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If they can vote and serve in the military, should they also be able to legally purchase a handgun?


The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 raised the minimum age for purchasing a handgun or pistol from a licensed dealer to 21. In a level of bipartisanship unimaginable today, it passed the House 372–23 and the Senate 72–4.

However, under current federal law, a shotgun or rifle can still be purchased from a licensed dealer starting at age 18. This means that under federal law, an 18-, 19-, or 20-year-old can legally purchase a shotgun or rifle from a licensed dealer, but not a handgun — even though a handgun is a common weapon used for self-defense in the home.

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Sponsor and status

Thomas Massie

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jan 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 30, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)



Jan 30, 2020

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H.R. 5716 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5716. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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