HR 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 - National Key Vote


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Title: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties.



  • Prohibits an individual who is not a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring firearms to another individual (Sec. 3).

  • Specifies that the aforementioned provision on firearm transfers does not apply to the following individuals, including (Sec. 3):

    • Law enforcement agencies, officers, private security professionals, or members of the armed forces as long as they are acting in the scope of their employment and official duties;

    • Transfers or exchanges that are a loan or gift between spouses, partners, parents and their children, siblings, aunts and uncles and their nieces or nephews, and grandparents and their grandchildren;

    • Transfers to an executor, administrator, trustee, or personal representative of an estate or trust that occurs upon the death of another individual;

    • Temporary transfers that are necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to oneself, family or household members, or others including; 

      • Domestic violence;

      • Dating partner violence;

      • Sexual assault;

      • Stalking; and

      • Domestic abuse;

    • Transfers approved by the US Attorney General;

    • Temporary transfers at shooting ranges, galleries, or other areas designated for target shooting; or

    • While reasonably necessary for hunting, trapping, pest control on a farm or ranch, or fishing.

  • Specifies that nothing in this bill authorizes the establishment either directly or indirectly, of a national firearm registry (Sec. 3).