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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To revise various laws that interfere with the right of the people to obtain and use firearms for all lawful purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
06/10/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (5)

Date All Actions
07/01/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
06/10/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/10/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/10/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/10/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (105)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Crenshaw, Ander [R-FL-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]* 06/10/2015
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Womack, Steve [R-AR-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Buck, Ken [R-CO-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]* 06/10/2015
Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] 06/16/2015
Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3] 06/16/2015
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 06/16/2015
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] 06/16/2015
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 06/17/2015
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 06/17/2015
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] 06/17/2015
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 06/18/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 06/24/2015
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2] 06/24/2015
Rep. Guinta, Frank C. [R-NH-1] 06/24/2015
Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] 06/24/2015
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 06/24/2015
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] 06/24/2015
Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] 06/24/2015
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] 06/24/2015
Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3] 06/24/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 06/24/2015
Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] 06/24/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 06/25/2015
Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18] 06/25/2015
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1] 07/14/2015
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] 07/14/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 09/10/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 09/10/2015
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 09/10/2015
Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] 09/10/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 09/10/2015
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] 10/01/2015
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] 10/06/2015
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 10/06/2015
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 10/08/2015
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 10/08/2015
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 10/09/2015
Rep. Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22] 10/20/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 10/20/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 10/20/2015
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] 10/20/2015
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 10/20/2015
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] 10/21/2015
Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1] 10/21/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 10/26/2015
Rep. McSally, Martha [R-AZ-2] 10/26/2015
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 10/26/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 10/27/2015
Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] 10/27/2015
Rep. Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19] 11/02/2015
Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4] 11/03/2015
Rep. Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4] 11/03/2015
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 11/30/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 01/11/2016
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 01/11/2016
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 04/12/2016
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] 06/09/2016
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] 09/20/2016

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary06/10/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations07/01/2015 Referred to
House Ways and Means06/10/2015 Referred to

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Subjects (6)


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Introduced in House (06/10/2015)

Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act

Amends the federal criminal code to modify the definition of "armor piercing ammunition" for purposes of federal firearms provisions to: (1) include a projectile that is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer for use in a handgun (currently, a projectile that may be used in a handgun); (2) repeal the exclusion of a projectile that the Attorney General finds is primarily intended for sporting purposes; and (3) exclude a projectile that is primarily intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used in a rifle or shotgun and a handgun projectile that is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used for hunting, recreational, or competitive shooting.

Repeals a prohibition on assembling from imported parts a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that is identical to one prohibited from importation as not being suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.

Repeals the condition that in order for a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer to be permitted to ship to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty outside the United States or to clubs whose entire membership is composed of such members, and for such members or clubs to be permitted to receive, a firearm or ammunition intended for the lawful personal use of such members or club, the firearm or ammunition must be determined by the Attorney General to be generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes.

Includes among the categories of firearms or ammunition that may be authorized for importation into the United States by the Attorney General, within 30 days after receiving an application therefor: (1) ammunition that is not armor piercing ammunition; (2) a firearm or ammunition that is being brought in for the use of a federal, state, or local government agency; and (3) a firearm or ammunition that is being imported for the purpose of exportation.

Amends the National Firearms Act to modify the definition of "destructive device" to exclude: (1) a shotgun or shotgun shell which the Department of the Treasury finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for lawful (currently, sporting) purposes; and (2) an antique or a rifle which the owner intends to use for (currently, solely for) sporting purposes.

Authorizes the temporary interstate transfer of a firearm for lawful (currently, sporting) purposes.