Ten Gun Bills Filed the First Week of 2013 Congress

Texas State Rifle Association
Texas State Rifle Association

Houston, Tx –-(Ammoland.com)- The information below is from NRA with federal lobbyist on the ground in Congress. Share this with others and please act.

Members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 bills on Thursday relating to gun violence, most of which came from Democrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership.

The flurry of legislative proposals show that members are likely to push the issue in the wake of the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), whose husband was shot to death in 1993, introduced four of the bills. The congresswoman has vowed to seek changes in federal law in response to the school shooting.

  • H.R. 137 and 138 from McCarthy would require people prohibited from buying firearms to be listed in a national database, and would prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition clips.
  • McCarthy’s H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows, which would close the so-called gun-show loophole. Her H.R. 142 would require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, the licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of bulk ammo purchases.
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.) each proposed their own bills tightening firearms licensing requirements – H.R. 34 and H.R. 117, respectively.
  • And Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proposed H.R. 65, which would raise the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18 to 21.
  • Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) reintroduced his bill, H.R. 21, to require background checks for all gun sales, and to require gun owners to report when their guns have been stolen. Moran argued in December that while the National Rifle Association objects to these changes, members of the powerful group support them.

“The NRA as an organization is out of step with its membership on many commonsense gun safety measures,” he said. “Polling shows nearly two-thirds of NRA members support the five simple ways to improve gun safety included in this bill.”

Two freshman Republicans introduced contrary bills that would end federal law requiring that areas around schools be designated as “gun free zones.” These bills, H.R. 35 from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and H.R. 133 from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), are a response to findings that violence in and around schools has increased since the gun free zone law took effect in 1990.

“By disarming qualified citizens and officials in schools we have created a dangerous situation for our children,” Stockman said. “In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones’ there were two mass school shootings.

“In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools’ there have been 10 mass school shootings,” he added. “Not only has the bill utterly failed to protect our children it appears to have placed them in danger.”

Companion bills could be introduced on the Senate side, but Senate leaders have reserved January 22 as the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/275587-10-gun-bills-introduced-in-first-day-of-the-house#ixzz2H1kAihlC

Contact your members of Congress at 202-224-3121

As gun bills are filed in the Texas Legislature, watch for posts and updates. Also read bill text Texas Legislature On Line

Contact information for Texas House Members and Texas Senators can be found at the link above also.

Please be advised that some local governments are jumping into the anti-gun feeding frenzy such as the city of Austin attempting to oust Saxet Gun Show from Travis County owned property.

Your vote and your voice is most concentrated and most powerful at home with your city, county, and your school board. You can be heard, you need to be heard! They work for you.

Never has gun-ownership been at risk as it is today. Please act quickly!

Keep the faith, tr

Alice Tripp
Texas State Rifle Association

The Mission of the Texas State Rifle Association is to protect and defend the inalienable rights of the individual Texan to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership and enjoy the right to lawful use of firearms for self preservation, for the defense of family and property and the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberties of the people. Visit: www.TSRA.com

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Kevin Campbell

What we need is more politicians with COMMON SENSE!! It doesn't take a freaking Einstein to understand that tightening up gun control laws only hurts the law biding citizens! A criminal who is going to go kill or do something stupid with a firearm isn't going to purchase it legally anyway!! There is nothing that anyone can do to stop a mentally challenged individual from hurting himself or anything in general, Insurance companies should be held at fault for not helping and worrying about more money when premiums are at an all time high. Remember that this country was founded… Read more »

Captain Bob

We can refusde (civil disobedience) to register or give up our guns but, one thing we can't combat is government prohibition on new manufacture of guns or repair parts. We (or our children/grandchildren) will be the victims of attrition when the old guns wear out. And, at some point, the government (probably during Obama's 13th term as President) will take over all personal freedoms and america will be a full Socialist state.


@ Danny: Yep, the "rider" has always been an enemy of both common sense and legitimate concern for the welfare of our nation. I've felt since I was young that a bill deal with only one issue or a line item veto used. Personally I'm good with single issue bills, the line item veto has drawbacks. If a politician believes his/her bill is in the best interests of the people then the issue should stand alone and be debated.


My concern are the "riders" politicians like to throw into a bill. They'll write up a bill that has good things going to needy people and somewhere in the mix will be some "rider" that will restrict something or other on our gun rights. Not that this president would use it, but there is no line item veto power to stop those sorts of things. Alot of these politicians are like Peacocks, they're bombastic and strut around saying "look what I've proposed" and then they'll sneak in something down the road.

Anon Patriot

America’s Biggest Killers: The Chart Anti-Gunners Don’t Want You To See

“#1 Tobacco Use – 529,000

#2 Medical Errors – 195,000

#3 Unintentional Injuries – 118,021

#4 Alcohol Abuse – 107,400

#5 Motor Vehicle Accidents – 34,485

#6 Unintentional Poisoning – 31,758

#7 Drug Abuse – 25,500

#8 Unintentional Falls – 24,792


(Non-firearm covers the use of many varied weapons — knives, bats, hammers, poisons, and more)

#10 Firearm Homicides – 11,493

U.S. Deaths per year, from selected causes: Sources: CDC, FBI, U.S. Federal Government”

Silas Longshot

Most of these BS bills will go nowhere. But there is a tactic we must be aware of that these gun grabbing morons may try. They will deliberately introduce some of this insanity, way over the top BS as a giveaway, knowing it will go nowhere. So, now they introduce a bill that seems much more "reasonable", but with their true goals imbedded in it's guts, with a lovely title that sounds sooo nice and kind. THAT'S the one they'll stab you with!


I all so believe that the 2nd Amendment is there to protect us from "our" government.


Democrats are trying to take away all that stands for our FREEDOM, name something that is good for our cuountry, the Obama Admin. will try to destroy it!

J gregory

agree with above poster. the entire "2nd Amendment" question is in itself, completely bogus. Old Thomas Jefferson himself, said somewhere, that the amendment was to prevent violence of the government against the citizens. I've understood this since 7th grade in grammar school then again, I had a former Marine history teacher (male) who had us go thru the ENTIRE Constitution while in 8th grade. the amendments were covered by an AIr Force veteran (Korea jet pilot) Freshman year in High School. then again, I enlisted into the Marines before I got drafted. with my mother's signature of course. anther signature… Read more »


"Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people" Tench Coxe

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." George Mason