H.R.8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

About This Bill

  • Introduced Jan. 8, 2019
  • Latest Major Action March 4, 2019

Bill Cosponsors

232 (227 Democrats, 5 Republicans)

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Week Ending Rank
May 4, 2019 9th
April 28, 2019 9th
March 24, 2019 10th
March 17, 2019 7th
March 10, 2019 4th
Feb. 17, 2019 5th
Feb. 10, 2019 2nd
Feb. 3, 2019 7th

Bill Summary

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals). Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Statement of Administration Policy

The administration opposes this legislation and has recommended the president veto it.

What Lawmakers Are Saying About This Bill

There are 269 statements associated with H.R.8.

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 4
Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 29.
Feb. 28
Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
Feb. 27
Mr. Collins (GA) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H2260)
Feb. 27
The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text: CR H2254)
Feb. 27
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 145. (consideration: CR H2242-2263)
Feb. 27
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Feb. 27

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 240 - 190 (Roll no. 99).

Feb. 27

On motion to recommit with instructions Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 - 209 (Roll no. 98).

Feb. 27
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
Feb. 27
DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Collins (GA) motion to recommit with instructions pending a reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to insert new text on regulations in the case of a background check conducted by the national instant criminal background check system, in response to a contact from a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer, that the system notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement if the individual is in violation of subsection (g)(5). Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn.
Feb. 27
Mr. Collins (GA) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Feb. 27
The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Feb. 27
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
Feb. 27
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 8.
Feb. 27
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 145, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Van Drew amendment No. 4.
Feb. 27
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Horn amendment No. 3, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
Feb. 27
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 145, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Horn (OK) amendment No. 3.
Feb. 27
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 145, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dean amendment No. 2.
Feb. 27
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lesko amendment No. 1, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lesko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
Feb. 27
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 145, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lesko amendment No. 1.
Feb. 27
GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 8.
Feb. 27
The Speaker designated the Honorable Earl Blumenauer to act as Chairman of the Committee.
Feb. 27
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 145 and Rule XVIII.
Feb. 27
Provides for one hour of debate on each measure. Only those amendments printed in the report shall be in order and the previous question shall be considered ordered without intervening motions except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
Feb. 27
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 145.
Feb. 25
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 145 Reported to House. Provides for one hour of debate on each measure. Only those amendments printed in the report shall be in order and the previous question shall be considered ordered without intervening motions except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
Feb. 22
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 3.
Feb. 22
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 116-11.
Feb. 13
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 15.
Feb. 13
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Jan. 8
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Jan. 8

Introduced in the House by Mike Thompson (D-Calif.)

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