State Legislatures Return to Work – Hundreds of Bills Impacting Firearms Distribution Proposed

Posted by Orchid Advisors on 1/29/19 10:31 AM

orchid advisorsIt’s that time of year again.  State legislatures have returned – or will do so shortly – to their respective capitals and tens of thousands of pieces of legislation have been proposed that affect all aspects of daily life.  With respect to firearms ownership and distribution, hundreds of bills which can have a positive or negative effect have already been proposed.  Orchid Advisors monitors these bills on a daily basis to keep its clients informed and up to date.  While we will update NASGW members monthly on the status of bills that have been adopted, defeated, or are nearing adoption, below is a sample of some new legislation that has been proposed:






HB 2248

A person may not sell or transfer a firearm unless the person is a licensed firearms dealer, the purchaser or transferee is a licensed firearms dealer or a licensed firearms dealer facilitates the transfer…



HB 135

Requires transfers of firearms when neither party is licensed dealer to be conducted through licensed dealer & requires processing by licensed dealer.


HB 1291

Background check for firearms sales. Requires a person wishing to: (1) sell; (2) trade; or (3) transfer; a firearm to conduct the transaction through a licensed Indiana firearms dealer. Requires a licensed Indiana firearms dealer to perform a NICS background check when facilitating the: (1) sale; (2) trade; or (3) transfer; of a firearm between private parties.


SB 263

Minimum age to purchase assault weapons. Defines the term "regulated weapon". Prohibits the: (1) sale; (2) trade; or (3) transfer; of a regulated weapon to a person less than 21 years of age.


SB 8

A mandatory waiting period shall be imposed between the purchase and delivery of any firearm by a person from a retailer. The mandatory waiting period is three days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, or upon completion of the records check, whichever occurs later.


SB 217

This act makes it a Class E felony offense of unlawful transfer of weapons for a licensed firearms dealer to deliver a handgun to a purchaser without waiting at least 72 hours and upon receipt of the purchaser's criminal background check.

New Hampshire

HB 514

Imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

New Mexico

HB 40

Enacting the Gun Show Firearm Transfer Act; Requiring criminal background checks on gun transfers between certain persons…


New York

A 1251

Requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in this state to be capable of microstamping ammunition; establishes fines for violations of this requirement and provides for an affirmative defense if the dealer had a certification from the manufacturer.


HB 2251

Prohibits transfer of handgun or assault rifle to person under 21 years of age.


SB 203

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for firearm safety equipment.


S 22

This bill proposes to: (1) require a 48-hour waiting period for all firearms sales and (2) require that, when a firearm is not in a person’s immediate possession or control, the firearm must be locked in a safe storage depository or rendered incapable of being fired.


HB 1068

Prohibits a person from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, offering to sell, or purchasing a large capacity magazine.  Defines "large capacity magazine" as an ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.


With the end of the 2018 most state legislatures ended their sessions.  The end of any legislative session generally means that any legislation not passed by the legislature and signed by the governor is defeated.  Any measures so defeated are often proposed again in the next session.  Here are a few items of legislation that were so defeated at the end of 2018:






HB 434

Relating to assault weapons; to prohibit the sale or transfer of an assault weapon to any person under 21 years of age; to prohibit any person under 21 years of age from possessing an assault weapon.


HB 2024

Firearm sales; transfers; background checks.


AB 2497

This bill would have imposed a tax upon retailers for the privilege of selling firearms and ammunition, as defined, on the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of firearms and ammunition sold in this state on or after January 1, 2019. It would also have imposed a comparable excise tax on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of firearms and ammunition purchased from a retailer for the storage, use, or other consumption in this state, as provided.


SB 710

This bill would have legalized ownership of suppressors in California and provided for their use during hunting.


SB 2066

This bill would have increased the maximum detachable ammunition magazine capacity for pistols that may be manufactured, possessed, sold, bartered, traded, gifted, transferred, or acquired.


HF 2181

This bill would have implemented universal background checks.


HB 498

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to define "assault weapon"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 527 to prohibit the possession of an assault weapon by a person under 21 years of age unless they are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a law enforcement officer.


HB 277

Proposed law prohibits the sale of an assault rifle to a person under the age of 21 years and defines an "assault rifle".


HF 3022

Bans suppressors.  Implements assault weapon ban (1 feature); provides for grandfathering and registration.  Implements large capacity ammunition magazine ban (10 rounds).  Requires permit to purchase firearms.  5 day waiting period on firearm purchases.  Universal background checks. 


HB 452

An act to require record-keeping of sales of pistol or rifle cartridges.

New York

S 1320

Makes it unlawful for an FFL to transfer ammunition in an amount two times an assault weapon can hold to a person in any 120 day period.


HB 2621

Extending 48 hour waiting period to cover long guns; extends universal background checks to long guns.

Rhode Island

HB 7645

Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, known as high capacity magazines. Makes exceptions for law enforcement and the US armed forces.

South Carolina

H 4990

A bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 16-23-540 so as to provide that it is unlawful to sell an assault rifle to a person less than twenty years of age, to provide a penalty, and to define the term “Assault Rifle”.

United States

HR 367

Hearing Protection Act

United States

HR 4052

Keep Americans Safe Act.  Prohibits purchase of large capacity magazines (anything over 10 rounds).  Requires manufacturers to serialize large capacity magazines manufactured after the effective date.


SB 5050

Banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.


AB 1052

Relating to: banning detachable or fixed magazines that have a capacity of more than ten rounds of ammunition and providing a criminal penalty.

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