Federal Gun Laws

Newtown Action Alliance is advocating for 26 federal Policies that will end all forms of gun violence in America.

A coalition letter signed by 80 organizations representing seven million supporters was delivered to every Member of Congress on December 5-6, 2018 near the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Click on the following link to read the letter: 6th ANNIVERSARY SANDY HOOK LETTER TO CONGRESS

We are tracking the bills being introduced in the 116th Congress that addresses our 26 federal legislative priorities HERE.


Click on the legislation number to:

1) read the text of the bill

2) find out who cosponsored the bill

3) track the legislation


H.R.157 Gun Manufacturers Accountability Act: Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] (Introduced 01/03/2019)

H.R.167 To prohibit the transfer of a firearm at a gun show by a person who is not a licensed dealer: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 01/03/2019) 

H.R.8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 01/08/2019): 2/27/19 House passage with 240 - 190 (Roll no. 99). http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll099.xml

H.R.49 Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act of 2019: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 01/03/2019) 

H.R.33 Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 01/03/2019) 

H.R.282 SAFER Now Act: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 01/08/2019) 

H.R.435 National Gun Violence Research Act: Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] (Introduced 01/10/2019)

H.R.569 Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act of 2019 (To protect victims of stalking from gun violence): Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] (Introduced 01/15/2019) 

S.184 Gun Violence Prevention Research Act: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 01/17/2019) 

H.R.674 Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 01/17/2019) 

H.R.659 Buyback Our Safety Act: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 01/17/2019)

H.R.820 Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2019: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 01/28/2019) 

H.R.930 Stopping the Iron Pipeline Act of 2019: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 01/30/2019)

H.R.939 SECURE Firearm Storage Act: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 01/31/2019) 

H.R.942 SAFETY Act: Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] (Introduced 01/31/2019)

H.R.971 AVERT Future Gun Violence Act of 2019: Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] (Introduced 02/05/2019)

H.R.1112 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019: Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6] (Introduced 02/08/2019): 2/28/19: Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 228 - 198 (Roll no. 103). http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll103.xml

H.R.1114 To require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] (Introduced 02/08/2019) 

H.R. 1134 To amend the Arms Export Control Act to prohibit the removal of certain items under category I, II, or III of the United States Munitions List: Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35] (Introduced 02/08/2019)

H.R.1116 Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals Act: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] (Introduced 02/08/2019) 

H.R.1266 Ghost Guns Are Guns Act: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] (Introduced 02/14/2019)

H.R.1279 Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2019: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 02/14/2019) 

H.R.1263 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 02/14/2019) 

H.R.1236 To support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose: Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] (Introduced 02/14/2019) 

H.R.1287 No Guns for Abusers Act of 2019: Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15] (Introduced 02/14/2019)

H.R.1296 To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 02/15/2019) 

H.Res.162 Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives and honoring the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, on February 15, 2019: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 02/28/2019)

H.R.1670 To prevent gun trafficking: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 03/11/2019)

H.Res.231 Keeping guns out of classrooms.Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] (Introduced 03/14/2019)


S.42 Background Check Expansion Act: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] (Introduced 01/08/2019) 

S.66 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 01/09/2019) 

S.120 Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2019: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 01/15/2019)

S.184 Gun Violence Prevention Research Act: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 01/17/2019) 

S.193 Ethan's Law (Safe storage of firearms): Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 01/18/2019) 

S.320 SECURE Firearm Storage Act: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 02/04/2019) 

S.447 A bill to regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/12/2019)

S.459 Stopping the Traffic in Overseas Proliferation of Ghost Guns Act: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/12/2019)

S.506 A bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 02/14/2019) 

S.Res.89 A resolution expressing the condolences of the Senate and honoring the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, on February 15, 2019: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 02/28/2019)

730 A bill to prevent gun trafficking: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 03/07/2019) 

S.Res.110 A resolution keeping guns out of classrooms.Sponsor: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] (Introduced 03/14/2019)


2005 Federal Firearms Regulation Reference

2013 Quick Reference to Federal Firearms

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence


State Gun Laws


State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (32nd Edition)

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***State gun laws change rapidly during legislative sessions therefore the information on these sites may not be up to date.