Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
02/14/2020          

Gun Records Restoration and Preservation Act

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02/14/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5917 

To repeal certain impediments to the administration of the firearms laws. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 
Ms. LEE of California (for herself, Ms. MOORE, Mr. DEUTCH, Mr. GALLEGO, 

Mr. CLAY, Ms. PRESSLEY, Mr. RYAN, Ms. NORTON, Mr. RUSH, Mr. GRI-
JALVA, Mr. CONNOLLY, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Ms. GARCIA of Texas, Mr. 
LEVIN of Michigan, Mrs. MURPHY of Florida, Mr. RASKIN, Mr. DANNY 
K. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. SABLAN, 
Mr. GARCÍA of Illinois, Ms. SHERRILL, Mrs. KIRKPATRICK, Ms. ADAMS, 
Mr. MEEKS, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, and Ms. 
SHALALA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Com-
mittee on the Judiciary 

A BILL 
To repeal certain impediments to the administration of the 

firearms laws. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Gun Records Restora-4

tion and Preservation Act’’. 5

SEC. 2. FINDINGS. 6

The Congress finds as follows: 7

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(1) The Tiahrt Amendments severely limit the 1

authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire-2

arms and Explosives (ATF) to disclose crime gun 3

trace data to the public. 4

(2) The Tiahrt Amendments prevent the collec-5

tion of valuable information, and the establishment 6

of effective policies to prevent illegal guns from 7

being used in crimes. 8

(3) The Tiahrt Amendments impede enforce-9

ment of the gun laws by requiring most background 10

check records to be destroyed within 24 hours, and 11

by barring the Government from requiring annual 12

inventory audits by owners of gun shops. 13

(4) A 2012 study by researchers at Johns Hop-14

kins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 15

the Tiahrt Amendments dramatically increased gun 16

sales to criminals. 17

(5) A 2016 study from the University of Pitts-18

burgh Graduate School of Public Health found that 19

in 2008, 79 percent of all guns recovered by police 20

from crime scenes belonged to someone other than 21

the perpetrator—30 percent had been stolen. 22

(6) A gun is stolen in the United States every 23

2 minutes. 24

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(7) Every year, nearly 115,000 Americans are 1

shot. 2

(8) In 2016, 38,658 Americans were killed with 3

a gun. 4

(9) In 2016, 289,223 firearms were recovered 5

and traced in the United States, of which 211,384 6

were traced to a final retail purchaser. 7

(10) Having effective policies to prevent illegal 8

gun trafficking makes our families and communities 9

safer. 10

(11) Repealing the Tiahrt Amendments would 11

support law enforcement efforts and give the public 12

vital information needed to craft the most effective 13

policies against illegal guns. 14

SEC. 3. REPEAL OF CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF 15

DATABASE INFORMATION OF THE BUREAU 16

OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EX-17

PLOSIVES. 18

(a) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-19

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-20

penses’’ in title I of division B of the Consolidated and 21

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (18 U.S.C. 22

923 note; Public Law 112–55; 125 Stat. 609–610) is 23

amended by striking the 6th proviso. 24

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(b) The 6th proviso under the heading ‘‘Bureau of 1

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and 2

Expenses’’ in title II of division B of the Consolidated Ap-3

propriations Act, 2010 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 4

111–117; 123 Stat. 3128–3129) is amended by striking 5

‘‘beginning in fiscal year 2010 and thereafter’’ and insert-6

ing ‘‘in fiscal year 2010’’. 7

(c) The 6th proviso under the heading ‘‘Bureau of 8

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and 9

Expenses’’ in title II of division B of the Omnibus Appro-10

priations Act, 2009 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 111– 11

8; 123 Stat. 574–576) is amended by striking ‘‘beginning 12

in fiscal year 2009 and thereafter’’ and inserting ‘‘in fiscal 13

year 2009’’. 14

(d) The 6th proviso under the heading ‘‘Bureau of 15

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and 16

Expenses’’ in title II of division B of the Consolidated Ap-17

propriations Act, 2008 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 18

110–161; 121 Stat. 1903–1904) is amended by striking 19

‘‘beginning in fiscal year 2008 and thereafter’’ and insert-20

ing ‘‘in fiscal year 2008’’. 21

(e) The 6th proviso under the heading ‘‘Bureau of 22

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and 23

Expenses’’ in title I of the Science, State, Justice, Com-24

merce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 25

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(18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 109–108; 119 Stat. 1

2295–2296) is amended by striking ‘‘with respect to any 2

fiscal year’’. 3

(f) The 6th proviso under the heading in title I of 4

division B of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 5

(18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 108–447; 118 Stat. 6

2859–2860) is amended by striking ‘‘with respect to any 7

fiscal year’’. 8

SEC. 4. REPEAL OF LIMITATIONS ON IMPOSITION OF RE-9

QUIREMENT THAT FIREARMS DEALERS CON-10

DUCT PHYSICAL CHECK OF FIREARMS IN-11

VENTORY. 12

(a) The 5th proviso under the heading ‘‘Bureau of 13

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and 14

Expenses’’ in title II of division B of the Consolidated and 15

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (18 U.S.C. 16

923 note; Public Law 113–6; 127 Stat. 248) is amended 17

by striking ‘‘and any fiscal year thereafter’’. 18

(b) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-19

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-20

penses’’ in title I of division B of the Consolidated and 21

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (18 U.S.C. 22

923 note; Public Law 112–55; 125 Stat. 609–610) is 23

amended by striking the 7th proviso. 24

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(c) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-1

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-2

penses’’ in title II of Division B of the Consolidated Ap-3

propriations Act of 2010 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 4

111–117; 123 Stat. 3128) is amended by striking ‘‘or any 5

other Act’’ in the 7th proviso. 6

(d) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-7

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-8

penses’’ in title II of Division B of the Omnibus Appro-9

priations Act of 2009 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 10

111–8; 123 Stat. 574) is amended by striking ‘‘or any 11

other Act’’ in the 7th proviso. 12

(e) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-13

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-14

penses’’ in title II of Division B of the Consolidated Ap-15

propriations Act of 2008 (18 U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 16

110–161; 121 Stat. 1903) is amended by striking ‘‘or any 17

other Act’’ in the 7th proviso. 18

(f) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-19

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-20

penses’’ in title I of the Science, State, Justice, Commerce 21

And Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006 (18 22

U.S.C. 923 note; Public Law 109–108; 119 Stat. 2295) 23

is amended by striking ‘‘or any other Act’’ in the 7th pro-24

viso. 25

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(g) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-1

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-2

penses’’ in title I of Division B of the Consolidated and 3

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2005 (18 U.S.C. 4

923 note; Public Law 108–447; 118 Stat. 2859–2860) is 5

amended by striking ‘‘or any other Act’’ in the 7th proviso. 6

(h) The matter under the heading ‘‘Bureau of Alco-7

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Ex-8

penses’’ in title I of Division B of the Consolidated and 9

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2004 (18 U.S.C. 10

923 note; Public Law 108–199; 1185 Stat. 53) is amend-11

ed by striking ‘‘or any other Act’’ in the 7th proviso. 12

SEC. 5. REPEAL OF REQUIREMENT TO DESTROY INSTANT 13

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK RECORDS 14

WITHIN 24 HOURS. 15

Section 511 of the Consolidated and Further Con-16

tinuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (18 U.S.C. 922 note; 17

Public Law 112–55; 125 Stat. 632) is amended— 18

(1) by striking ‘‘for—’’ and all that follows 19

through ‘‘(1)’’; and 20

(2) by striking the semicolon and all that fol-21

lows and inserting a period. 22

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Robert Scott D-VA 02/14/2020 Cosponsor
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Date Branch Action
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(e)The 6th proviso under the heading Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Expenses in title I of the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (18 U

Americans
(7)Every year, nearly 115,000 Americans are shot

California
Lee of California (for herself, Ms

Commerce
(e)The 6th proviso under the heading Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—Salaries and Expenses in title I of the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (18 U


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