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Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

Short Title(s) as Introduced

Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to strengthen the background check procedures to be followed before a Federal firearms licensee may transfer a firearm to a person who is not such a licensee.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
03/11/2021Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 219 - 210 (Roll no. 77).(text: 3/10/2021 CR H1303)
03/01/2021Introduced in House

All Actions (23)

Date Chamber All Actions
03/11/2021SenateReceived in the Senate.
03/11/2021-12:31pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
03/11/2021-12:31pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 219 - 210 (Roll no. 77). (text: 3/10/2021 CR H1303)
03/11/2021-11:38amHouseOn motion to recommit Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 206 - 212 (Roll no. 76).
03/11/2021-10:51amHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the motion to recommit H. R. 1446 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
03/11/2021-10:50amHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1332-1334)
03/11/2021-10:50amHousePursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule XIX, the House resumed consideration of H.R. 1446.
03/10/2021-6:12pmHousePursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule XIX, further consideration of H.R. 1446 is postponed.
03/10/2021-6:12pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hudson motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Hudson demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
03/10/2021-6:11pmHouseThe previous question on the motion was ordered without objection.
03/10/2021-6:11pmHouseMr. Hudson moved to recommit to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H1314)
03/10/2021-6:10pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
03/10/2021-6:10pmHouseH.Amdt.29 On agreeing to the Nadler amendments (A001) Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 225 - 202 (Roll no. 73).
03/10/2021-5:22pmHouseH.Amdt.29 The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A001) without objection.
03/10/2021-5:02pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 188, the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Nadler en bloc amendment No. 1.
03/10/2021-5:02pmHouseH.Amdt.29 Amendments en bloc (A001) offered by Mr. Nadler. (consideration: CR H1310-1314; text: CR H1310-1311)
03/10/2021-3:55pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1446.
03/10/2021-3:55pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 842, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 842, H.R. 8, and H.R. 1446. The rule provides for a motion to recommit on H.R. 842, H.R. 8, and H.R. 1446.
03/10/2021-3:55pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 188. (consideration: CR H1303-1314)
03/08/2021-8:05pmHouseRule H. Res. 188 passed House.
03/08/2021-2:23pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 188 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 842, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 842, H.R. 8, and H.R. 1446. The rule provides for a motion to recommit on H.R. 842, H.R. 8, and H.R. 1446.
03/01/2021HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
03/01/2021HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (165)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Auchincloss, Jake [D-MA-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Bush, Cori [D-MO-1]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]* 03/01/2021
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. "Chuy" [D-IL-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Houlahan, Chrissy [D-PA-6]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Jacobs, Sara [D-CA-53]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Levin, Andy [D-MI-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 03/01/2021
Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Mfume, Kweisi [D-MD-7]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]* 03/01/2021
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Strickland, Marilyn [D-WA-10]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]* 03/01/2021
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] 03/02/2021
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] 03/02/2021
Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1] 03/02/2021
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] 03/02/2021
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] 03/02/2021
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 03/02/2021
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 03/02/2021
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3] 03/02/2021
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 03/02/2021
Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] 03/02/2021
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] 03/02/2021
Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4] 03/02/2021
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 03/02/2021
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] 03/02/2021
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] 03/02/2021
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4] 03/02/2021
Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2] 03/02/2021
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5] 03/02/2021
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] 03/02/2021
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 03/02/2021
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 03/02/2021
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 03/03/2021
Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] 03/03/2021
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 03/03/2021
Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17] 03/03/2021
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-2] 03/03/2021
Rep. Newman, Marie [D-IL-3] 03/03/2021
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5] 03/03/2021
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 03/03/2021
Rep. Sherrill, Mikie [D-NJ-11] 03/03/2021
Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10] 03/03/2021
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 03/08/2021
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7] 03/08/2021
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 03/08/2021
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] 03/08/2021
Rep. Bowman, Jamaal [D-NY-16] 03/08/2021
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] 03/08/2021
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 03/08/2021
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] 03/08/2021
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] 03/08/2021
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] 03/08/2021
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18] 03/08/2021
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3] 03/08/2021
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] 03/08/2021
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8] 03/08/2021
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4] 03/08/2021
Rep. Kahele, Kaiali'i [D-HI-2] 03/08/2021
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 03/08/2021
Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] 03/08/2021
Rep. Leger Fernandez, Teresa [D-NM-3] 03/08/2021
Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] 03/08/2021
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] 03/08/2021
Rep. Manning, Kathy E. [D-NC-6] 03/08/2021
Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6] 03/08/2021
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 03/08/2021
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1] 03/08/2021
Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 03/08/2021
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 03/08/2021
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] 03/08/2021
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] 03/08/2021
Rep. Slotkin, Elissa [D-MI-8] 03/08/2021
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 03/08/2021
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] 03/08/2021
Rep. Torres, Ritchie [D-NY-15] 03/08/2021
Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14] 03/08/2021
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 03/08/2021
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] 03/08/2021
Rep. Williams, Nikema [D-GA-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] 03/08/2021
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] 03/08/2021
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] 03/08/2021
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] 03/08/2021
Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3] 03/09/2021
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 03/09/2021
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31] 03/10/2021
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] 03/10/2021
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] 03/10/2021
Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34] 03/10/2021
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 03/10/2021
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] 03/10/2021
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 03/10/2021
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9] 03/10/2021
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] 03/10/2021
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 03/10/2021
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] 03/10/2021
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 03/10/2021
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 03/10/2021
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 03/10/2021
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] 03/10/2021
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] 03/10/2021
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] 03/10/2021
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 03/10/2021
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] 03/10/2021
Del. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large] 03/10/2021
Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] 03/10/2021
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 03/10/2021
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] 03/10/2021
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] 03/10/2021
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 03/10/2021
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] 03/10/2021

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House Judiciary03/01/2021 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House (03/11/2021)

Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021

(Sec. 2) This bill revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.

Specifically, it increases the amount of time, from 3 business days to a minimum of 10 business days, that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a completed background check prior to transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. (This type of transaction is often referred to as a default proceed transaction.)

If a submitted background check remains incomplete after 10 business days, then the prospective purchaser may submit a petition for a final firearms eligibility determination. If an additional 10 days elapse without a final determination, then the federal firearms licensee may transfer the firearm to the prospective purchaser.

(Sec. 3) The Government Accountability Office must report on the extent to which the changes have prevented firearms transfers to prohibited persons.

(Sec. 4) The Federal Bureau of Investigation must report on the number of petitions it receives for final federal firearms determinations.

(Sec. 5) The Department of Justice, in consultation with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms, must report on further amendments to the background check process that would likely reduce the risk of death or great bodily harm to victims of domestic violence, domestic abuse, dating partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.