To require a background check for every firearm sale.
The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for California's 5th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Length: 8 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 27, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.
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).
232 Cosponsors (226 Democrats, 6 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Engel Statement on 5 Years Since Mother Emanuel Church Shooting”
— Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 17, 2020
“Congresswoman Loweys Statement on President Trumps SCOTUS Nominee”
— Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 26, 2020
What stakeholders are saying
Jan 8, 2019
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Feb 13, 2019
A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.
Feb 22, 2019
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
Feb 27, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
Mar 11, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 8.
H.R. 8 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8. 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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