Summary: H.R.2734 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2734. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (10/24/1997)

Consumer's Choice Protection Act of 1997 - Declares the purposes of this Act, including to make it clear that firearms imports may not be subject to discriminatory treatment, and that citizens should retain the choice to own and use such firearms for all lawful purposes, including hunting, self defense, collecting, competitive shooting, or plinking.

Amends the Federal criminal code to repeal the current prohibition against selling or otherwise disposing of any firearm or ammunition to certain individuals, including convicted felons, fugitives from justice, mental defectives, illegal aliens, and persons subject to a court order restraining them from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child.

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury, within 30 days of receiving an application, to authorize the importation or bringing into the United States of any firearm or ammunition which: (1) is being imported or brought in for scientific or research purposes, or for use in connection with specified competition or training; (2) is an unserviceable firearm (other than a machine gun) imported or brought in as a curio or museum piece; or (3) was previously taken out of the United States or a possession by the person who is bringing it in.

Excludes from the importation mandate of this Act any firearm subject to the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, specified other weapons, and any: (1) "sawed-off" shotgun or similarly short or shortened rifle; (2) machine gun; (3) silencer; or (4) destructive device.

Makes it unlawful to import any frame, receiver, or barrel of any firearm which would be prohibited if assembled.