Text: H.R.2620 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/24/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2620


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


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 24, 2017

Mr. Bishop of Utah (for himself, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mrs. Noem, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Rothfus, Mr. Webster of Florida, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Messer, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Emmer, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Rouzer, Mrs. Love, Mr. Ratcliffe, and Mr. Banks of Indiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred 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


A BILL

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

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 “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act”.

SEC. 2. Elimination of authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition”.

Section 921(a)(17) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B)(i), by striking “may be used” and inserting “is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer for use”;

(2) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by inserting “by the manufacturer or importer” before “for use”; and

(3) in subparagraph (C), by striking “the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” and inserting “is primarily intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used in a rifle or shotgun, a handgun projectile that is designed and intended by the manufacturer or importer to be used for hunting, recreational, or competitive shooting”.

SEC. 3. Elimination of restrictions on importation of non-National Firearms Act firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold in the United States.

(a) Elimination of prohibitions.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (7) and inserting the following:

“(7) for any person to manufacture or import armor piercing ammunition, unless the manufacture or importation of the ammunition—

“(A) is for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State;

“(B) is for the purpose of exportation; or

“(C) is for the purpose of testing or experimentation, and has been authorized by the Attorney General;”;

(2) in subsection (l), by striking “925(d) of this chapter” and inserting “925”; and

(3) by striking subsection (r).

(b) Broadening of exceptions.—Section 925 of such title is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(3), by striking “determined” and all that follows through the end and inserting “intended for the lawful personal use of such member or club.”;

(2) in subsection (a)(4), by striking “(A)” and all that follows through “for the” and inserting “intended for the lawful”; and

(3) by striking subsections (d) through (f) and inserting the following:

“(d) (1) Within 30 days after the Attorney General receives an application therefor, the Attorney General shall authorize a firearm or ammunition to be imported or brought into the United States or any possession thereof if—

“(A) the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for scientific, research, testing, or experimentation purposes;

“(B) the firearm is an unserviceable firearm (other than a machine gun as defined in section 5845(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that is readily restorable to firing condition) imported or brought in as a curio or museum piece;

“(C) the firearm is not a firearm as defined in section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

“(D) the ammunition is not armor piercing ammunition (as defined in section 921(a)(17)(B) of this title), unless subparagraph (A), (E), (F), or (G) applies;

“(E) the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State;

“(F) the firearm or ammunition is being imported or brought in for the purpose of exportation;

“(G) the firearm or ammunition was previously taken out of the United States or a possession thereof by the person who is bringing in the firearm or ammunition; or

“(H) the firearm is a firearm defined as curio or relic by the Attorney General under section 921(a)(13) of this title.

“(2) Within 30 days after the Attorney General receives an application therefor, the Attorney General shall permit the conditional importation or bringing in of a firearm or ammunition for examination and testing in connection with the making of a determination as to whether the importation or bringing in of the firearm or ammunition will be allowed under this subsection.

“(3) The Attorney General shall not authorize, under this subsection, the importation of any firearm the importation of which is prohibited by section 922(p).”.

SEC. 4. Protection of shotguns, shotgun shells, and large caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as “destructive devices”.

(a) Amendments to the National Firearms Act.—Section 5845(f) of the National Firearms Act is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2), by striking “recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes” and inserting “recognized as suitable for lawful purposes”; and

(2) by striking “use solely for sporting purposes” and inserting “use for sporting purposes”.

(b) Amendments to title 18, United States Code.—Section 921(a)(4) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B) of the 1st sentence, by striking “particularly suitable for sporting” and inserting “suitable for lawful”; and

(2) in the 2nd sentence, by striking “solely”.

SEC. 5. Broadening of the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for “sporting purposes”.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended in each of subsections (a)(5)(B), (a)(9), and (b)(3)(B), by striking “sporting”.