Text: H.R.821 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
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[H.R. 821 Introduced in House (IH)]







108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 821

 To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture or 
  importation, or transfer by a licensed firearms dealer, of a pistol 
   that does not have a chamber load indicator and, in the case of a 
 semiautomatic pistol that has a detachable magazine, a mechanism that 
prevents the pistol from being fired when the magazine is not attached.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           February 13, 2003

  Mr. Langevin (for himself, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Berman, Ms. Corrine 
Brown of Florida, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. 
Delahunt, Mr. Engel, Mr. Farr, Mr. Filner, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, 
  Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Honda, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of 
 Texas, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Kirk, Mr. 
    Lantos, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lynch, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. 
    McDermott, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Nadler, Mr. 
   Pascrell, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Towns, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Weiner, Mr. 
   Wexler, and Ms. Woolsey) introduced the following bill; which was 
               referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture or 
  importation, or transfer by a licensed firearms dealer, of a pistol 
   that does not have a chamber load indicator and, in the case of a 
 semiautomatic pistol that has a detachable magazine, a mechanism that 
prevents the pistol from being fired when the magazine is not attached.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Accidental Shooting Prevention Act 
of 2003''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION.

    (a) In General.--Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(z)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to manufacture or import 
into the United States a pistol, or for a person licensed under this 
chapter to transfer possession of or title to a pistol manufactured on 
or after January 1, 2006, unless the pistol includes--
                    ``(A) a plainly visible device in a contrasting 
                color that clearly indicates whether the pistol is 
                loaded; and
                    ``(B) if the pistol is a semiautomatic pistol that 
                has a detachable ammunition magazine, a mechanism that 
                prevents the pistol from being fired when the magazine 
                is not attached to the pistol.''.
    (b) Penalty.--Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at 
the end the following:
    ``(7)(A) The Attorney General shall impose a civil fine of $1,000 
on whomever knowingly violates section 922(z).
    ``(B) In the case of the 2nd such violation by a person who is 
licensed under this chapter, the Atorney General shall, in addition, 
suspend the license for the 30-day period beginning with the date on 
which the Attorney General finds that the person has committed the 
violation.
    ``(C) In the case of the 3rd or subsequent such violation by a 
person who is licensed under this chapter, the Attorney General shall 
immediately revoke the license, and the person shall thereafter be 
ineligible for a license under this chapter.''.
    (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply to conduct engaged in after January 1, 2006.
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