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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 28, 2010 HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes Bill Passed - House
(307 - 113)
NA
May 20, 2009 HR 627 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 147)
NA
Sept. 17, 2008 HR 6842 Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban Bill Passed - House
(266 - 152)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5092 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bill Passed - House
(277 - 131)
Yea
June 28, 2006 H Amdt 1156 Trigger Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(230 - 191)
Yea
Oct. 20, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(283 - 144)
Yea
April 9, 2003 HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Bill Passed - House
(285 - 140)
Yea
July 10, 2002 HR 4635 Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House
(310 - 113)
Yea
June 18, 1999 H Amdt 215 24 Hour Background Check Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(218 - 211)
Yea
June 18, 1999 H Amdt 216 72 Hour Background Check Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 235)
Nay
June 18, 1999 HR 2122 Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act Bill Failed - House
(147 - 280)
Yea
Feb. 24, 1998 HR 424 Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes Bill Passed - House
(350 - 59)
Yea
March 22, 1996 HR 125 Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(239 - 173)
Yea

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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

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.

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