Key Votes

2013 All Guns Key Votes

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9/12 CA SB 374 Prohibits Semiautomatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 9/12 CA SB 755 Expands List of Crimes that Disqualify an Individual from Firearm Ownership Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12) 9/11 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Veto Override Failed - Senate (22 - 12) 9/11 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Veto Override Passed - House (109 - 49) 9/11 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large-Capacity Magazines and Large-Capacity Conversion Kits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 30) 9/11 CA SB 396 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Bill Failed - House (35 - 34) 9/11 CA SB 755 Expands List of Crimes that Disqualify an Individual from Firearm Ownership Bill Passed - House (45 - 28) 9/10 CA AB 711 Prohibits Lead Ammunition for Hunting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 29) 9/10 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large-Capacity Magazines and Large-Capacity Conversion Kits Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 9/10 CA SB 374 Prohibits Semiautomatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines Bill Passed - House (44 - 31) 9/09 CA AB 711 Prohibits Lead Ammunition for Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 7/23 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 14) 7/23 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 41) 7/09 IL HB 183 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms Veto Override Passed - Senate (41 - 17) 7/09 IL HB 183 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms Veto Override Passed - House (77 - 31) 6/27 NJ S 2723 Amends Firearms Identification Card Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 6/27 DE HB 88 Prohibits Certain Individuals with Mental Health Issues from Possessing Firearms Bill Failed - Senate (6 - 13) 6/24 NJ S 2723 Amends Firearm Identification Card Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 34) 6/19 ME LD 1240 Establishes Penalties for Unauthorized Private Gun Sales and Requires Background Checks Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17) 6/19 ME LD 1240 Establishes Penalties for Unauthorized Private Gun Sales and Requires Background Checks Bill Passed - House (78 - 71) 6/03 NV SB 221 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - House (23 - 19) 5/30 NJ A 3659 Amends the Definition of Destructive Devices Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 5/29 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large Capacity Magazines Bill Passed - House (46 - 26) 5/29 CA SB 53 Requires Ammunition Purchasers to Undergo a Background Check Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 5/22 TX HB 1009 Establishes "School Marshal" as a New Category of Law Enforcement for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4) 5/22 NV SB 221 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10) 5/21 KS HB 2162 Prohibits State Funds from Being Used to Lobby for Firearm Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 28) 5/20 NJ A 3797 Requires Certain Firearm Information to be Collected and Reported Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 27) 5/20 NJ A 3796 Requires an Individual to Dispose of Unauthorized Firearms Within a Certain Time Period Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 24) 5/17 MO HB 533 Authorizes State Employees to Keep Firearms in Vehicles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (125 - 27) 5/14 MO HB 533 Authorizes State Employees to Keep Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7) 5/13 NJ A 3797 Requires Certain Firearm Information to be Collected and Reported Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13) 5/13 NJ A 3796 Requires an Individual to Dispose of Unauthorized Firearms Within a Certain Time Period Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10) 5/08 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (116 - 38) 5/07 TX HB 928 Prohibits State Funds from Being Used for the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (101 - 31) 5/07 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 42) 5/06 TX SB 864 Reduces Required Hours for Concealed Handgun License Training Bill Passed - House (116 - 30) 5/06 TX HB 972 Authorizes Concealed Handguns on Higher Education Campuses Bill Passed - House (102 - 41) 5/06 TX HB 1009 Establishes "School Marshal" as a New Category of Law Enforcement for Schools Bill Passed - House (123 - 22) 5/06 TX HB 1076 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (100 - 47) 5/02 AL SB 286 Amends Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (74 - 27) 5/02 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6) 5/02 DE SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10) 4/30 AL SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6) 4/30 TX SB 1907 Authorizes Firearms in Vehicles on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4) 4/30 AL HB 8 Requires Courts to Apply "Strict Scrutiny" to Certain Firearm Regulation Laws Bill Passed - House (76 - 22) 4/25 MI SJR S Establishes a Constitutional Authorization for Individuals to Hunt and Fish Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11) 4/25 NC SB 201 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16) 4/24 LA HB 265 Establishes Lifetime Concealed Handgun Permits Bill Passed - House (65 - 19) 4/23 LA HB 8 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (76 - 18) 4/23 OR HB 2624 Exempts Counties from Hunting Dog Prohibitions if Approved by County Voters Bill Passed - House (40 - 19) 4/23 LA HB 5 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (67 - 25) 4/18 CA SB 140 Appropriates Funds to the Armed Prohibited Persons System Bill Passed - House (65 - 10) 4/18 DE HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8) 4/18 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (115 - 41) 4/17 NA S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 43) 4/17 NA S Amdt 715 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 46) 4/17 NA S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60) 4/17 NA S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 54) 4/16 AZ HB 2455 Requires the Sale of Certain Firearms Acquired by Public Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12) 4/15 IN SB 487 Establishes Regulations for Hunting Preserves Bill Passed - House (52 - 39) 4/11 MO HB 533 Authorizes State Employees to Keep Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (126 - 25) 4/10 TX SB 1467 Requires Facilitation of Expansion of Firearms Manufacturers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7) 4/05 KS SB 102 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 4) 4/05 KS SB 102 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (96 - 24) 4/04 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 4/03 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - House (78 - 61) 4/03 CT SB 1160 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - House (105 - 44) 4/03 CT SB 1160 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10) 3/28 DE HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 17) 3/27 NH HB 451 Repeals License Requirement to Carry a Firearm "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (226 - 144) 3/27 NH HB 135 Repeals "Use of Deadly Force" Provision in Self-Defense Law Bill Passed - House (189 - 184) 3/26 NC HB 17 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (97 - 20) 3/23 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19) 3/23 NA S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46) 3/19 AR HB 1819 Prohibits Governor from Regulating Firearms in an Emergency Bill Passed - House (78 - 9) 3/15 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks for Private Gun Sales and Transfers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14) 3/15 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks for Private Gun Sales and Transfers Conference Report Adopted - House (36 - 27) 3/14 KS HB 2199 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Firearms Laws Within the State of Kansas Bill Passed - House (94 - 29) 3/14 KS HB 2055 Authorizes Concealed Handguns Inside State Capitol and School Buildings Bill Passed - House (84 - 38) 3/13 CO HB 1224 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Concurrence Vote Passed - House (34 - 30) 3/13 MT HB 302 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21) 3/13 UT HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7) 3/12 OK HB 2021 Exempts Certain Firearms from Federal Regulation Bill Passed - House (79 - 12) 3/12 OK HB 1062 Authorizes School Employees to Carry Handguns on School Property Bill Passed - House (68 - 23) 3/11 CO HB 1224 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17) 3/11 CO HB 1228 Establishes a Background Check Fee Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 3/11 CO SB 197 Prohibits a Domestic Violence Offender from Owning a Firearm Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 3/11 ID H 219 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (55 - 13) 3/11 CO SB 195 Requires In-Person Classes for Concealed Carry Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13) 3/11 TN HB 9 Prohibits Disclosure of Handgun Permits Bill Passed - House (84 - 10) 3/08 AR HB 1329 Reduces Concealed Carry License Application Fee Bill Failed - House (31 - 52) 3/07 AZ HB 2326 Prohibits Identifying Information of Firearm Owners from Being Maintained Bill Passed - House (46 - 13) 3/07 GA HB 512 Amends Provisions Relating to Concealed Weapons Permits Bill Passed - House (117 - 56) 3/07 AZ HB 2455 Requires the Sale of Certain Firearms Acquired by Public Agencies Bill Passed - House (36 - 23) 3/05 HI SB 69 Requires Background Checks at Gun Registration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3) 3/04 SD HB 1087 Authorizes School Sentinel Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (40 - 19) 3/01 UT HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (51 - 18) 2/28 TN SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - House (72 - 22) 2/28 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 2/28 UT HB 268 Redefines Disorderly Conduct Regarding Firearms Bill Passed - House (54 - 12) 2/27 WY HB 41 Reduces Limitations on Hunting Bison Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 11) 2/27 SD HB 1087 Authorizes School Sentinel Programs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 2/27 MT HB 384 Authorizes Students to Bring Firearms to School Bill Failed - House (45 - 53) 2/26 WY HB 41 Reduces Limitations on Hunting Bison Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 2/26 UT HB 121 Authorizes Individuals to Voluntarily Commit Guns to Law Enforcement Agencies Bill Passed - House (44 - 28) 2/26 NM HB 316 Prohibits Animal Killing Contests Bill Failed - House (30 - 38) 2/25 AR HB 1243 Authorizes University Staff to Carry a Concealed Handgun Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4) 2/25 AK HB 69 Exempts Firearms from Federal Regulation Bill Passed - House (31 - 5) 2/25 ND HB 1215 Authorizes Concealed Weapons in Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 33) 2/23 MT HB 240 Authorizes Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 2/22 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 2/22 MT HB 205 Authorizes Use of Suppressors for Hunting Bill Passed - House (61 - 37) 2/21 NJ A 3796 Requires an Individual to Dispose of Unauthorized Firearms Within a Certain Time Period Bill Passed - House (50 - 22) 2/21 NJ A 1329 Reduces Firearm Magazine Capacity Bill Passed - House (45 - 30) 2/21 NJ A 3748 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - House (45 - 29) 2/21 NJ A 3659 Amends the Definition of Destructive Devices Bill Passed - House (46 - 29) 2/19 ME LD 576 Prohibits the Public Access of Concealed Handgun Permit Information Bill Passed - House (129 - 11) 2/18 CO HB 1224 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Bill Passed - House (34 - 31) 2/18 CO HB 1228 Establishes a Background Check Fee Bill Passed - House (33 - 32) 2/18 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks For Private Gun Sales and Transfers Bill Passed - House (36 - 29) 2/18 CO HB 1226 Prohibits the Possession of Concealed Handguns on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (34 - 31) 2/15 AR HB 1243 Authorizes University Staff to Carry a Concealed Handgun Bill Passed - House (70 - 11) 2/14 VA SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 9) 2/13 WY SF 132 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - House (44 - 14) 2/13 NM HB 77 Requires Background Checks for Firearms Sold at Gun Shows Bill Passed - House (43 - 26) 2/12 VA SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (76 - 23) 2/11 TN SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5) 2/06 MT HB 27 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - House (63 - 33) 2/06 AR SB 131 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 2/01 WY HB 105 Authorizes the Carrying of Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - House (46 - 13) 2/01 WY HB 103 Requires State Approval of Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (53 - 6) 2/01 WY HB 104 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (46 - 13) 1/29 SD HB 1087 Authorizes School Sentinel Programs Bill Passed - House (42 - 27) 1/28 AR SB 71 Authorizes Handguns on Religious Institutions' Properties Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 4) 1/28 WY SF 132 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7) 1/15 NY S 2230 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - House (104 - 43) 1/14 NY S 2230 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.