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H.R. 1441: No Guns for Abusers Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 26, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1441

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 26, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Cicilline, Mrs. McBath, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Brown, Mr. Carson, Mr. Casten, Mr. Cooper, Ms. DeGette, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Hastings, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Himes, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Kildee, Ms. Lee of California, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. San Nicolas, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton, Ms. Pingree, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Sherrill, Mr. Suozzi, Mrs. Trahan, and Mrs. Watson Coleman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To authorize the Attorney General to make grants to States and units of local government to implement statutes, rules, policies, or procedures to authorize courts to issue relinquishment orders with respect to individuals charged with or convicted of a crime of domestic violence, or subject to a domestic violence protective order, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Guns for Abusers Act of 2021.

2.

Grants for State implementation of relinquishment statutes

(a)

Authorization

The Attorney General is authorized to make grants to States, Tribes, or units of local government that have in place a statute, rule, policy, or practice that is the same as or substantially similar to the best practices published by the Attorney General under this Act, for the purpose of implementing such statute, administrative rule, policy, or practice.

(b)

Application

A jurisdiction seeking a grant under this section shall submit to the Attorney General an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may reasonably require, and including the applicable statute, rule, policy, or practice that the jurisdiction has enacted.

3.

Report and recommendations

(a)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, Attorney General, acting through the Director of the National Institute of Justice, shall prepare and submit a report to Congress on best practices for statutes, rules, policies, and practices, which provide a process by which individuals who are charged with or convicted of a crime of domestic violence, or who are subject to, or in violation of a domestic violence protective order, may be subject to relinquishment. Such report shall include an analysis of the effect of reducing firearm access for the individuals described in the previous sentence on reducing domestic violence and homicide.

(b)

Best practices

In preparing the report under subsection (a), the Director shall examine and determine the best practices for each of the following:

(1)

The types of offenses or court orders for which relinquishment may be authorized.

(2)

The level of discretion of a court in entering a relinquishment order.

(3)

The process courts use in determining whether relinquishment is appropriate for a particular party.

(4)

The process courts and law enforcement agencies use to determine whether an individual is in possession or control of firearms.

(5)

The guidance provided to parties subject to relinquishment orders and the victims of the parties subject to the relinquishment orders, as well as the manner of providing guidance.

(6)

The persons or entities to which firearms may be relinquished, including whether any entity other than a law enforcement officer or licensed dealer under section 923 of title 18, United States Code, may receive firearms.

(7)

The person or entity which may store relinquished firearms, including any criteria such a person or entity must meet, which may include a background check.

(8)

The period of time provided for an individual subject to a relinquishment order to comply with the order.

(9)

The manner of proof required to show a relinquishment order is fulfilled.

(10)

The power granted to a court or law enforcement agency to compel compliance with a relinquishment order.

(11)

The manner in which relinquished firearms may be safely and securely stored.

(12)

The duration of a relinquishment order.

(13)

Fees that may be charged by persons or entities storing relinquished firearms to persons subject to relinquishment orders.

(14)

Considerations for returning, disposing of, or selling relinquished firearms.

(15)

Criteria for returning a firearm to an individual subject to a relinquishment order.

(16)

The extent to which victims of offenses committed by the individual subject to the relinquishment order, or individuals who are protected from an individual subject to a domestic violence protective order, should be notified when a firearm is returned to the individual subject to the relinquishment order.

(17)

Precautions taken to ensure victim safety as a court gathers information necessary to issue a relinquishment order and a law enforcement officer executes the order.

(18)

Procedural protections that are required to ensure that individuals who may be subject to a relinquishment order are provided due process at each stage of the process.

(19)

The involvement of victim and community advocates.

(20)

The cultural sensitivity of the relinquishment process.

(21)

The services and safety planning provided to the victims before, during, and after firearms are relinquished or recovered and when they are returned.

(c)

Review and consultation

In preparing the report required under this section, the Director shall, at a minimum—

(1)

review Federal, State, Tribal, and local statutes, rules, policies, and practices that provide authority for courts to enter relinquishment orders in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act;

(2)

review academic studies, including studies analyzing the effectiveness of statutes, rules, policies, and practices described in paragraph (1); and

(3)

meet with, and consider any facts and analyses offered by, prosecutors, defense attorneys, family attorneys, judges, nonprofit organizations, victims service providers, culturally specific organizations, Federal, State, Tribal, and local courts, Federal, State, Tribal, and local law enforcement agencies, the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center, and individuals with academic expertise in relinquishment.

(d)

Identification of items for further study

In the report under this section, the Director shall identify items for further study, relating to the effectiveness of the best practices developed under subsection (b).

4.

Further studies

The Attorney General, acting through the Director of the National Institute of Justice, shall enter into contracts with nongovernmental entities to conduct studies comparing statutes, administrative rules, policies and practices to determine the relative effectiveness of such statutes, rules, policies, and procedures in effectively providing for relinquishment. Not later than the date that is 10 years after the submission of the report under section 3, the Director shall submit to Congress not less than one report including updates to the best practices based on the studies conducted under this section.

5.

Federal adoption

(a)

Statute

The Attorney General shall prepare and submit to Congress recommendations for Federal legislation in accordance with section 3.

(b)

Rules; policies and practices

To the extent authorized by law, the Attorney General shall make rules, policies, and practices in accordance with the best practices described in section 3.

6.

Definitions

In this Act, terms used have the meanings given such terms in section 901 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, except as follows:

(1)

The term intimate partner has the meaning given that term in section 921 of title 18, United States Code.

(2)

The term dating partner has the meaning given that term in section 2266 of title 18, United States Code.

(3)

The term covered offense means—

(A)

stalking; or

(B)

an offense that has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.

(4)

The term covered person means, with regard to a targeted person or a protected person—

(A)

the current or former—

(i)

spouse;

(ii)

intimate partner;

(iii)

dating partner;

(iv)

parent; or

(v)

guardian,

of the targeted person or protected person;
(B)

a person with whom the targeted person or protected person shares a child in common;

(C)

a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the targeted person or protected person as a spouse, intimate partner, dating partner, parent, or guardian;

(D)

a person similarly situated to a spouse, intimate partner, dating partner, parent, or guardian of the targeted person or protected person; or

(E)

a person who has or had a relationship with the targeted person or protected person such that the targeted person or protected person is otherwise protected by the domestic or family violence laws of the State, tribal, or municipal jurisdiction in which the targeted person or protected person resides, or, if an offense has occurred, against that targeted or protected person.

(5)

The term crime of domestic violence means a covered offense committed by a covered person against the targeted person.

(6)

The term domestic violence protective order means a court order that restrains a covered person described in subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E) of paragraph (4) from harassing, stalking, or threatening a protected person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner or dating partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child.

(7)

The term protected person means, with regard to a person, the intimate partner or dating partner of that person, or the child of such intimate partner, of such dating partner, or of that person.

(8)

The term relinquishment means the removal of a firearm (as such term is defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code) or ammunition (as such term is defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code) from a person’s possession or control.

(9)

The term relinquishment order means any mandate from a court requiring a person to be subject to relinquishment.

(10)

The term targeted person means the victim of a covered offense.