With the start of the new Congress, there have been plenty of bills introduced, and instead of doing an article on each bill as I did recently, it will be easier to mention more than one bill at a time. I will also provide updates on the actions taken on the bills. Here are a few of the bills, with more to come.
- Republican House Representative Matt Gaetz (Florida) introduced H.R. 374, or the "Abolish the ATF Act of 2023," this week. The act would abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Gaetz said he filed the bill after the stricter rules on pistol braces were introduced. “House Republicans have the ATF in our crosshairs. The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted, based on their repeated actions to convert law-abiding citizens into felons. They must be stopped. My bill today would abolish the ATF once and for all,” said Gaetz.
- Republican House Representative Brett Guthrie (Kentucky) introduced H.R. 382. This bill will terminate the public health emergency that was declared with COVID. This bill has 14 co-sponsors. All are Republicans, and they are Representatives McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Burgess of Texas, Latta of Ohio, Griffith of Virginia, Bucshon of Indiana, Dunn of Florida, Bilirakis of Florida, Carter of Georgia, Joyce of Pennsylvania, Hudson of North Carolina, Curtis of Utah, Crenshaw of Texas, Duncan of South Carolina, and Pence of Indiana.
- Democrat House Representative Dina Titus (Nevada) introduced H.R. 396. This bill is to regulate bump stocks in the same manner as machine guns. This bill has two co-sponsors, Democrat Representative Daniel Kildee of Michigan and Republican Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.
- Democrat Representative Brownley of California introduced H.R. 239. This bill is to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for same-day voter registration.