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H.R. 1446: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

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To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to strengthen the background check procedures to be followed before a Federal firearms licensee may transfer a firearm to a person who is not such a licensee.

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Sponsor and status

James “Jim” Clyburn

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 25, 2022
Length: 10 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 11, 2021

This bill passed in the House on March 11, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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165 Cosponsors (165 Democrats)

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Gun Sit-In Organizers Call on House Leadership to Act on Gun Violence Prevention
    — Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1] (Co-sponsor) on May 27, 2022

Schneider Town Hall: Vernon Hills Discusses COVID Relief for Small Businesses, Gun Violence Prevention
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 18, 2021

Steube Stands Up for Second Amendment, Opposes Red Flag Laws
    — Rep. Gregory Steube [R-FL17] on Oct 27, 2021

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Mar 1, 2021

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Mar 2, 2021
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Mar 11, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1446 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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