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S. 1237: Jaime’s Law

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Guns don’t kill people, bullets kill people — but would this proposal replicate an experiment from decades ago that, opponents say, failed?


14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg competed in dance competitions and wanted to become a pediatric physical therapist. She was killed in 2018 by a mass shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter passed his background check for the actual weapon.

Since then, Jaime’s father Fred Guttenberg has pushed for legislation that would institute federal background checks for purchasers of bullets or ammunition, as already exists for purchasers of firearms. Six states — all blue states — have passed such laws on a state level: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

However, even if advocates say such a law …

Sponsor and status

Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Apr 20, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Apr 20, 2021

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1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)

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


Apr 20, 2021

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