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Passed House amended (09/17/2008)

Second Amendment Enforcement Act - (Sec. 3) Amends specified law prohibiting the killing of wild birds and wild animals in the District of Columbia to declare that nothing in it or any other provision of law shall authorize or be construed to permit the Council, the Mayor, or any governmental or regulatory authority of the District to prohibit, constructively prohibit, or unduly burden the ability of persons otherwise not prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law from acquiring, possessing in their homes or businesses, or using for sporting, self-protection or other lawful purposes, any firearm neither prohibited by federal law nor subject to the National Firearms Act. Denies the District any authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms.

Declares that nothing in such prohibitions shall be construed to prohibit the District from regulating or prohibiting the carrying of firearms by a person, either concealed or openly, other than at the person's dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 (FCRA) to repeal the definition of a machine gun as any firearm which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily converted or restored to shoot semiautomatically, more than 12 shots without manual reloading. (Thus repeals the ban on semiautomatic weapons.)

Redefines "machine gun" as any firearm which shoots, is designed to shoot, or is readily restored to shoot automatically, more than one shot without manual reloading by a single function of the trigger. Includes the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.

(Sec. 5) Amends FCRA to repeal the District's: (1) registration requirement for possession of firearms; and (2) requirement that licensed firearms dealers keep records of ammunition received into inventory and ammunition sold or transferred.

Maintains the current ban on the possession and control of a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, or short-barreled rifle.

(Sec. 6) Allows any individual to possess ammunition in the District if the individual owns (currently, holds the valid registration certificate for) a firearm of the same gauge or caliber as such ammunition. (In effect, repeals the handgun ammunition ban.)

(Sec. 7) Repeals the requirement that firearms in the possession of individuals (other than law enforcement personnel) must be kept unloaded, disassembled, or with the trigger locked, unless the firearm is kept at an individual's place of business, or while being used for lawful recreational purposes within the District of Columbia.

(Sec. 8) Amends FCRA to eliminate criminal penalties for possessing an unregistered firearm.

(Sec. 9) Amends federal law to eliminate criminal penalties for carrying a firearm whether loaded or unloaded in one's dwelling house, place of business, or on land possessed by such person.

Makes conforming amendments to the District of Columbia Code.

(Sec. 10) Amends the federal criminal code to make it lawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver a handgun to a District resident if such licensee's place of business is located in Maryland or Virginia.


Actions Overview (3)

Date
09/17/2008 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 266 - 152, 1 Present (Roll no. 601).
09/15/2008 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government. H. Rept. 110-843.
09/09/2008 Introduced in House

All Actions (29)

Date Chamber
11/18/2008 Senate Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 1117 under authority of the order of the Senate of 11/17/2008.
09/18/2008 Senate Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
09/17/2008-11:17am House The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
09/17/2008-11:17am House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/17/2008-11:17am House On passage Passed by recorded vote: 266 - 152, 1 Present (Roll no. 601).
09/17/2008-10:59am House The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
09/17/2008-10:59am House The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 6842.
09/17/2008-10:58am House H.Amdt.1171 On agreeing to the Childers amendment (A001) Agreed to by recorded vote: 260 - 160, 1 Present (Roll no. 600). (text: CR H8283-8284)
09/17/2008-10:29am House The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
09/17/2008-10:28am House Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8282-8286)
09/17/2008-12:29am House Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 6842 as unfinished business.
09/17/2008-12:29am House On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
09/17/2008-12:28am House Mr. Davis (IL) moved that the Committee rise.
09/17/2008-12:28am House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Childers amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Childers demanded a recorded vote and pursuant to the rule, the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. (consideration: CR 9/16/2008 H8270-8272)
09/16/2008-11:31pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1434, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of debate on the Childers amendment in the nature of a substitute.
09/16/2008-11:31pm House H.Amdt.1171 Amendment (A001) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Childers. (consideration: CR H8265-8272)
09/16/2008-10:10pm House GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 6842.
09/16/2008-10:09pm House The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles A. Wilson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
09/16/2008-10:09pm House House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1434 and Rule XVIII.
09/16/2008-10:08pm House Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6842 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The amendment recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
09/16/2008-10:08pm House Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1434. (consideration: CR H8257-8270)
09/16/2008-4:48pm House Rule H. Res. 1434 passed House.
09/15/2008-8:56pm House Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1434 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6842 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The amendment recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
09/15/2008 House Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 544.
09/15/2008 House Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government. H. Rept. 110-843.
Action By: House Oversight and Government Reform
09/10/2008 House Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 21 - 1.
Action By: House Oversight and Government Reform
09/10/2008 House Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held. Markup report CQ
Action By: House Oversight and Government Reform
09/09/2008 House Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
09/09/2008 House Introduced in House

Titles (5)

Short Titles:

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House:

Second Amendment Enforcement Act

Short Titles as Reported to House:

National Capital Security and Safety Act

Short Titles as Introduced:

National Capital Security and Safety Act

Official Titles:

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Titles as Amended by House:

To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Official Title as Introduced:

To require the District of Columbia to revise its laws regarding the use and possession of firearms as necessary to comply with the requirements of the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, in a manner that protects the security interests of the Federal government and the people who work in, reside in, or visit the District of Columbia and does not undermine the efforts of law enforcement, homeland security, and military officials to protect the Nation's capital from crime and terrorism.


Subjects (16)

  • District of Columbia
  • Federal employees
  • Federal law enforcement officers
  • Federal office buildings
  • Federal-city relations
  • Firearms
  • Firearms control
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Local laws
  • Police
  • Security measures
  • Supreme Court decisions
  • Terrorism

Cosponsors (1)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-30]* 09/09/2008

Committees (1)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Government Reform09/09/2008 Referred to
09/10/2008 Markup by
09/15/2008 Reported by H. Rept. 110-843

Related Bills (1)

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