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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Protect America Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Preventing Terrorists From Obtaining Explosives Act of 2017
  • Preventing Terrorists From Obtaining Firearms Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of explosives licenses to known or suspected terrorists, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
10/10/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

Date All Actions
10/19/2017Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
10/10/2017Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
10/10/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] 08/07/2018

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary10/10/2017 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations10/19/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (1)

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Introduced in House (10/10/2017)

Protect America Act of 2017

Preventing Terrorists From Obtaining Firearms Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to authorize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) or a U.S. Attorney's Office to delay for up to 72 hours and file an emergency petition to prohibit a firearm transfer to a person who is being investigated, or who during the past five years has been investigated, as a known or suspected terrorist.

Preventing Terrorists From Obtaining Explosives Act of 2017

Additionally, the bill authorizes the ATF or a U.S. Attorney's Office to delay for up to 90 days and file an emergency petition to prohibit the approval of an application for an explosives permit or license from a person who is being investigated, or who during the past five years has been investigated, as a known or suspected terrorist.

The bill requires the Department of Justice to review the terrorist watch and no-fly lists and remove the name of any person whose name was erroneously placed on such lists.