Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5)


01/08/19             Introduced in House

02/22/19             Reported by the House Judiciary Committee H. Rept. 116-11

02/27/19             Passed/agreed to in House (Yeas 240 – Nays 190)

03/04/19             Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar

About the Bill

The purpose of HR8 is to require background checks for every gun or firearm sale and transfer. If signed into law, HR8 would “make it illegal for any person not a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, or dealer to transfer a firearm” to an unlicensed individual without a background check. “Unlicensed individuals” are defined as “private parties”, or those persons who are not licensed firearm dealers.

Changes would primarily affect gun transfers between private parties.  Such a transfer would be prohibited unless a licensed firearm dealer, manufacturer or importer first took possession of the gun and performed background checks.

Exceptions to HR8 firearm transfer regulations as submitted to the Senate would include:

  1. Law enforcement or security personnel, within the scope of employment;
  2. A loan or gift between spouses, domestic partners, and specific family;
  3. Transfer to an executor or representative of an estate upon death.
  4. A temporary transfer necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm;
  5. A temporary transfer at a shooting range or for hunting while in the presence of the transferor.