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house Bill H.R. 377

Does The Government Need To Keep Track of Homemade Firearms?

Argument in favor

The public is safer if the government keeps track of firearms. Putting serial numbers on homemade weapons helps law enforcement track otherwise unidentifiable firearms.

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06/01/2015
Firearms are a public health crisis in America. Serial numbers will help to eliminate their distribution, illegal sales, and help track offenders.
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03/31/2015
America faces an epidemic of gun-related violence that puts us in great need of stronger gun safety measures. Every day, 32 Americans are murdered with guns, and 140 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room. Death due to gunshot wounds is the second-leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., with a death rate that is nearly 12 times higher than that in other developed countries.
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05/14/2015
I'm behind anything we can do to reduce gun-related violence.
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Argument opposed

There are already serial numbers on professionally made firearms. — and it hasn’t stopped people using them for crime. This is just more government invasion of peoples’ lives.

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05/21/2015
Bad people don't follow laws. They'll file serial numbers off, or create weapons and laugh when they hear on the news they need to register them. It only hurts people who obey the law, but I think you know this and you just don't care.
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stimoceiver's Opinion
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03/05/2015
No. We should be like Switzerland. Gun training for all during a year of mandatory military service during high school.
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Sara's Opinion
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04/22/2015
The Government should not have any possible way to register firearms. In the State of Florida it is a felony to cause a registry of guns.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 377?

This bill was born from the idea that the "laws should be the same for the gun you buy and the gun you make." It aims to regulate the creation of homemade firearms by banning those without serial numbers. It would also ban the transfer of said firearms without serial numbers.


The bill allows makers of homemade firearms to obtain serial numbers for their weapons from licensed firearm dealers. The exchange of the serial number is essentially treated like a gun transfer or sale — a dealer creates the number and gives it to the maker. The bill bans dealers from charging firearms makers for more than the cost of registering the serial number for this service. They can’t profit off of it.


Finally this bill would require the Attorney General to track the number of firearms registered under this bill, as well as the number of arrests for the violation of it.

Impact

Homemade firearms makers, homemade firearms users, firearms dealers, law enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Attorney General

Cost of House Bill H.R. 377

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, all firearms must have a serial number. These are held by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which uses this information in criminal investigations.


On June 7, 2013, John Zawahri killed five people in a shooting spree in Santa Monica, California using an assault rifle. Assault rifles are illegal in California. Zawahri made the weapon by purchasing its components on the Internet.


Thanks to 3D printing, people who want to make their own firearms need not even rely on tactics like this. They can print their own. In May of 2013, libertarian activists successfully fired the first 3D printed weapon. All of its parts, save a common nail that served as a firing pin, were plastic. Since then, designs for more advanced 3D printable guns, like revolvers and rifles, have become available.


Media:

Press Release from Sponsoring Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA) (Previous Bill Version)
Countable YouTube

The Hill

Reason Foundation


(Photo Credit: Flickr user iamdanw)

AKA

Homemade Firearms Accountability Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.

    Firearms are a public health crisis in America. Serial numbers will help to eliminate their distribution, illegal sales, and help track offenders.
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    Bad people don't follow laws. They'll file serial numbers off, or create weapons and laugh when they hear on the news they need to register them. It only hurts people who obey the law, but I think you know this and you just don't care.
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    America faces an epidemic of gun-related violence that puts us in great need of stronger gun safety measures. Every day, 32 Americans are murdered with guns, and 140 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room. Death due to gunshot wounds is the second-leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., with a death rate that is nearly 12 times higher than that in other developed countries.
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    I'm behind anything we can do to reduce gun-related violence.
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    The Government should not have any possible way to register firearms. In the State of Florida it is a felony to cause a registry of guns.
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    No. We should be like Switzerland. Gun training for all during a year of mandatory military service during high school.
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    "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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    Absolutely not. The people have a right to build their own personal defense weapons.
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    The BATF can't even track the ones they sold internationally to Mexican drug cartels.
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    How do you know if someone makes a homemade firearm? You would have to invade their privacy to know that. There's no way of telling whether or not someone made one.
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    Public safety takes priority over everything else that could be used in an argument against this. Sure, while one could say guns are still used in crimes, but it would be more than foolish to say that it is a reason to not take more precautions. In fact, it's all the more reason these serial numbers need to exist.
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    It is impossible and ridiculous. Invasion of privacy and restrictions on freedoms.
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    Crimes will be committed with or without serial numbers. How are they going to get the serial numbers issued? Go door by door? Illegal search and seizure?
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    "Shall not be infringed"
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    I am for anything that puts more guns in the hands of trained law abiding citizens!!!! Not all of us are sheep, some of us are sheep dogs and wish to protect ourselves and those we love.
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    The government has no buisness to regulate the firearms we are and arenot allowed to have
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    I don't support the second amendment in general as too many people are killed each year by fire arms.
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    These firearms are not allowed to be sold anyway. And how exactly do you track a firearm that "doesn't exist." That would be like hunting for unicorns.
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    The gov. Can't even track professionally manufactured guns and they expect to track guns that can be printed at homes? That's silly. Instead we should attack the crime, not how crimes are done. Build gun awareness in High School programs, like they do with cars. Switzerland does a good job.
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    Yes why not that's like saying you can make a bomb in your home
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