State & Federal Firearms Regulations: August–September 2021

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October 08, 2021

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Across the nation, the fight to defend the Second Amendment and protect FFLs never ends. While many state legislatures are now adjourned for the year, Orchid’s expert legal partners remain dedicated to tracking state and federal legislation to keep the shooting sports industry informed of the latest political actions and their potential impact on firearm owners and businesses. The list below represents a sample of firearms regulations introduced or pre-filed during August–September 2021.

State Regulations

FL H103 – Would remove license requirement to carry a concealed firearm and revise provisions relating to the carry of concealed firearms by nonresidents. | Bill Details

FL S402 – Would require the Department of Law Enforcement to enter certain orders affecting a person’s ability to purchase a firearm into the Florida Crime Information Center database and maintain a database of persons who are prohibited from purchasing a firearm. | Bill Details

IL HB4156 – Titled the “Firearms Dealer and Importer Liability Act;” would hold any manufacturer, importer or dealer of a firearm liable for any bodily injury or death if the bodily injury or death results from the unlawful discharge of the firearm in the state. | Bill Details

MI HB5312 – Would remove license requirement to purchase, carry, possess or transport a pistol and require all purchase permit records be destroyed. | Bill Details 

NY A8262 – Would create a 5-hour course on the safe and legal storage, use and transportation of firearms, rifles and shotguns and require individuals obtain a certificate of completion before purchasing a firearm or ammunition. | Bill Details

PA SB855 – Would create a firearm safety training course and require individuals obtain a certificate to purchase, sell, deliver, loan or transfer a firearm. | Bill Details

WI AB518 ­– Would remove DOJ state authorization requirement for an out-of-state resident to go armed with a concealed weapon, provided the individual has a valid license issued by another state. | Bill Details

WI SB570 – Would provide a limitation on liability for firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers and dealers for damages relating to (1) the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition, and (2) the criminal or unlawful use of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by a third party. | Bill Details

Federal Regulations

US HR4953 – Titled the “National Firearms Amendments Act of 2021;” would amend the NFA definition of “firearm” to include “a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device” and require all such firearms be registered as part of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. | Bill Details

US HR5080 – Titled the “Secure Background Checks Act of 2021;” would prohibit individuals who fail to meet age and residential requirements, and are not subject to exceptions, from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving firearms and ammunition. | Bill Details

US HR5245 – Titled the “Gun Trafficker Detection Act;” would require non-licensed individuals report the theft or loss of a firearm within 48 hours through a web-based electronic portal. | Bill Details

US HR5273 – Titled the “Gun Safety Board and Research Act;” would establish the Gun Safety Board to conduct research and educate the public about firearm violence. | Bill Details

US HR5436 – Titled the “Gun Suicide Prevention Act;” would prohibit the sale of a firearm unless the firearm or packaging carries a label with suicide prevention messaging in English and Spanish and the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. | Bill Details

US S2725 – Titled the “Accountability for Online Firearms Marketplaces Act of 2021;” would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to remove immunity for online firearms marketplaces, holding providers liable for third-party content. | Bill Details

US S2908 – Titled the “Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective (SECURE) Firearm Storage Act;” would require FFL manufacturers, importers and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records and business premises. | Bill Details

For questions regarding current state and federal firearm regulations and how to stay ATF compliant, contact us for on-call FFL compliance services and to learn how Orchid can protect your FFL.

Previous Update: June–July 2021

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