Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Proposed Amendments To HR 38 That The Rules Committee Must Take Up

The House Rules Committee was scheduled to start their hearings on the rule for HR 38 which now combines the original HR 38 plus HR 4477 or the Fix NICS Act. Amendments for consideration have begun to pile up. Most are from Democrats who want to gut the bill with a few from Republicans who either want to clarify some aspects or who want to decouple the two bills.

In my opinion, the "bipartisan" amendment from Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) is the most dangerous as it would graft their so-called anti-bump stock bill which really is any modification on to HR 38.

As of 2:25PM EST:

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Titus (NV)DemocratStrikes Title I of H.R. 38.Submitted
2Version 1Thompson, Mike (CA), Demings (FL)DemocratSUBSTITUTE Invests in the NICS system and expand background checks to all commercial sales.Submitted
3Version 1Thompson, Mike (CA)DemocratEstablishes a select committee on gun violence.Submitted
4Version 1Norton (DC)DemocratProhibits Title I (Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017) from taking effect until the law banning guns in U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds is repealed.Submitted
5Version 1Lofgren (CA)DemocratPrevents forum shopping by limiting concealed carry reciprocity to those who have a permit from their state of residence.Submitted
6Version 1Deutch (FL)DemocratProhibits a person from carrying a concealed firearm across state lines if they have been convicted in the past 5 years of cruelty to animals.Submitted
7Version 1Deutch (FL)DemocratPreserves a State or local governments right to restrict concealed weapons on private property.Submitted
8Version 1Bacon (NE)RepublicanExtends the renewal of concealed carry permits under LEOSA from every year to every 3 years.Submitted
9Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratPermits law enforcement officers to conduct reasonable investigations to verify with the issuing State that an individual producing a concealed carry permit/license is eligible to carry such a firearm. Precludes the payment of attorney fees if an individual is convicted of a crime in the same proceeding in which this Act is successfully used as an affirmative defense.Submitted
10Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratProvides that concealed carry reciprocity will not be permitted between states unless the reciprocating state issues a joint certification from the Attorney General, head of the State police, and Secretary of State that the laws of both states involved are substantially similar. Precludes reciprocity in states with no restrictions on concealed carry to similarly situated states.Submitted
11Version 1Raskin (MD)DemocratProvides that concealed carry reciprocity will not be permitted between states unless the issuing state provides a means of permit/license verification on a 24-hour basis, conducts reverification checks at least biannually, and has the authority to revoke permits/licenses if ineligibility is determined. It also creates a GAO study regarding firearms crimes committed by concealed carry permit holders.Submitted
12Version 1Raskin (MD), Norton (DC)DemocratPrecludes application of this Act in the District of Columbia.Submitted
13Version 1Nadler (NY)DemocratStates that a person who has been convicted of a violent crime within the preceding three years may not possess or carry a concealed handgun under this section in a State that by law prohibits a person from doing so on the basis of a conviction for such offense.Submitted
14Version 1Schneider (IL)DemocratProhibits a person who has been convicted of two (2) or more offenses related to driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances within the preceding five (5) years from possessing or carrying a concealed handgun in a State that by law prohibits a person from doing so on the basis of such convictions.Submitted
15Version 1McKinley (WV)RepublicanClarifies that complete records submitted by State authorities reporting to NICS shall include disposition records.Submitted
16Version 1Moulton (MA), Curbelo (FL)Bi-PartisanBans the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle (i.e. bump stocks and similarly functioning devices of different names).Submitted
17Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratTakes an affirmative step towards addressing public safety threats posed by gun violence when perpetrated by former military personnel with convictions through accountability of the Department of Defense.Submitted
18Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratProhibits any person convicted of a hate crime, as defined under section 249 or any substantially similar offense under the law of any State, from carrying under this bill.Submitted
19Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratProvides that States not be required to allow an individual to carry where such person is convicted of an offense of domestic violence or stalking as defined under the law of a State or Indian tribe, or as defined under the Violence Against Women Act.Submitted
20Version 1Demings (FL)DemocratStrikes the provision that would allow persons from other states to carry concealed weapons in school zones.Submitted
21Version 1Demings (FL)DemocratStrikes the new private right to sue a law enforcement officer in that officer’s individual capacity for any alleged violation, and to allow judges discretion in determining whether to award attorney’s fees to a prevailing party.Submitted
22Version 1Kildee (MI)DemocratEliminates the study on crimes committed using bumps stocks and inserts a provision mandating that bump stocks be treated like machine guns and silencers under the National Fire Arms Act.Submitted
23Version 1King, Steve (IA)RepublicanEnsures that Members of Congress are afforded the greatest latitude regarding interstate concealed carry, commensurate with that of Federal Judges under this legislation.Submitted
24Version 1King, Steve (IA)RepublicanEnsures that Judges are treated the same as all other law-abiding citizens regarding interstate concealed carry.Submitted
25Version 1Biggs (AZ), King, Steve (IA)RepublicanStrikes Title II, the Fix NICS Act, from the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.Submitted

UPDATE: The hearings are being carried on YouTube Live.


  1. Damn, what a mess. The Dems know what they're doing with all those proposed amendments.

  2. Toward the end of the video I saw most of the Dem amendments voted down. The last one to die was #20. What happened to the others?

    1. From what I can tell, they just weren't taken up. I could be wrong on this and they were disposed of by a voice vote.