HR 8 : Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (National)

Position: Support Status: Received in Senate on March 22, 2021

This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).

Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.


03/11/2021 Received in Senate.
03/11/2021 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 227 - 203 (Roll no. 75).
03/01/2021 Introduced in House
The bill has 210 cosponsors (D - 207, R - 3) including Oregon Congressional Representatives Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader, and DeFazio.