HR 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 - National Key Vote


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Title: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

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Vote to pass a bill that requires background check for every firearm sale.



  • Prohibits any individual who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer a firearm to any other individual who is not licensed, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the firearm (Sec. 3).

  • Requires that upon taking possession of a firearm a licensee to comply with all requirements as if the licensee were transferring the firearm from the inventory of the licensee to the unlicensed transferee (Sec. 3).

  • Specifies that if a transfer of a firearm will not be completed for any reason after a licensee takes possession of the firearm, then the return of the firearm to the transferor by the licensee will not constitute the transfer of a firearm (Sec. 3).

  • Exempts firearm transfers to the following (Sec. 3):

    • A law enforcement agency or any law enforcement officer, armed private security professional, or member of the armed forces, to the extent the officer is acting within the course and scope of employment and official duties;

    • A loan or bona fide gift between family members and domestic partners;

    • An executor, administrator, trustee, or personal representative of an estate or a trust that occurs by operation of law upon the death of the individual;

    • A temporary transfer that is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, if the possession by the transferee lasts only as long as immediately necessary;

    • A transfer that is approved by the Attorney General; or

    • A temporary transfer if the transferor has no reason to believe that the transferee will use or intends  to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under State or Federal law.

  • Authorizes the Attorney General to implement with regulations (Sec. 3).