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2009 House Bill 4501: Revise “pistol” definition
  1. Introduced by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on March 4, 2009, to revise the definition of “pistol” so that it applies to a firearm less than 26 inches long, rather than 30 inches. Many commercial rifles and shotguns have folding stocks that make the gun less than 30 inches when folded, presumably making them qualify for pistol registration requirements.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on March 4, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on June 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 16, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 16, 2009.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 16, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 17, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 17, 2009.