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H.R. 962: Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2023

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On the other hand, nobody comes for your guns if you land on the “bankrupt” wedge in Wheel of Fortune.


When a person files for bankruptcy, they usually have to undergo asset forfeiture, in which they turn in many (or even most) of their possessions. They’re still allowed to keep certain basic necessities.

Over the years, Congress has specified numerous federally protected possessions during asset forfeiture, including medical equipment, one television, one personal computer, kitchenware, and even wedding rings for the sentimental value.

Congress has also specified several items which are not protected, mostly expensive items which are clearly not necessities, including art, boats, yachts, and personal planes. (Such items could perhaps still be retained, as determined by a bankruptcy court on an individual basis, but their …

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Claudia Tenney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2023
Length: 2 pages
Feb 9, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Feb 9, 2023

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3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)

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


Feb 9, 2023

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H.R. 962 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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