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S. 803: Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act of 2021

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About the bill

Passing the legislation about short barrels will be a tall order.


In April 2020, 460,544 short-barreled rifles were registered in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Short-barreled rifles, with barrels less than 16 inches, are regulated under the National Firearms Act, meaning they’re subject to greater restrictions and regulations than long-barreled rifles. That’s because shorter barrels are more dangerous because they can be more easily concealed in a jacket or bag.

What the legislation does

The Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act would remove short-barreled rifles from that federal definition of “firearms.”

The House version was introduced on March 10 as H.R. 1758, by Tracey Mann (R-KS1). The Senate version was introduced a week later on March 17 …

Sponsor and status

Roger Marshall

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Kansas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 17, 2021

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5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)

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


Mar 17, 2021

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S. 803 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 803. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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