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H.R. 545: No Congressional Gun Loophole Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Should representatives and senators be allowed to bring firearms into one of the world’s most famous workplaces?

Context

In May 1967, armed members of the Black Panthers entered the California Capitol Building. In response, that October, the federal government banned most firearms from the Capitol grounds, with exemptions granted for members of Congress and law enforcement. Few if any people object to the law enforcement exemption, but just recently the Congress member exemption has become newsworthy.

Previously, it was unclear how many — if any — members of Congress were actually carrying concealed weapons inside the Capitol Building, even among gun supporting members. But after newly elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO3 ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 545

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Levin of California, Mrs. Axne, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Norton, Ms. Escobar, Mr. Hastings, Miss Rice of New York, Ms. Barragán, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Scanlon, Mr. Casten, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Torres of New York, Ms. Chu, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Case, Mr. Auchincloss, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Carson, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Meng, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Jones, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Evans, and Ms. Stevens) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to prevent Members of Congress and their employees from carrying firearms in the Capitol building, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Congressional Gun Loophole Act.

2.

Capitol grounds and buildings security

(a)

In general

Section 5104(e)(1) of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by redesignating clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) as subclauses (I), (II), and (III), respectively, and moving the margins 2 ems to the right;

(2)

by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively, and moving the margins 2 ems to the right;

(3)

by striking An individual and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

An individual

; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Exception

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the Capitol Police Board may not authorize or permit a Member of Congress or an employee of such Member of Congress to carry on or have readily accessible to such Member or employee a firearm, except a Member or employee may store a firearm in a car owned by such Member or employee that is parked in a garage in the Capitol complex if the Member or employee is in compliance with the firearms laws of the District of Columbia for the lawful possession of such firearm and such firearm is locked with a gun lock while on the Capitol complex.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date that is 15 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.