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2014 House Bill 5327: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon (R) on February 13, 2014
To establish that state records and databases related to individual firearms ownership and permits are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill authorizes law enforcement exceptions allowing access based on reasonable suspicion of a crime or threat, and that violations would be a misdemeanor subject to jail and fines.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2014
Reported in the House on February 27, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 12, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on March 12, 2014
To add House Bill 4774 to the ones that must pass for this bill to become law. HB 4774 would expand to all gun purchases, including rifles and shotguns, a state pistol purchase “license” mandate that applies to person-to-person sales but not gun store sales.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on March 12, 2014
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on March 12, 2014
To strip out a provision that would make violating the bill's ban on improperly releasing individual firearms records a civil fine only; the original proposal would have made violations a misdemeanor.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on March 13, 2014
To revise the bill's exception authorizing release of firearms records to a law enforcement officer who has reasonable suspicion that a person may be a threat, so it also applies to another law enforcement officer who may be a threat.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 13, 2014
Passed 82 to 27 in the House on March 13, 2014.
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To establish that state records and databases related to individual firearms ownership and permits are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill authorizes law enforcement exceptions allowing access based on reasonable suspicion of a crime or threat, and a $500 civil fine for violations.
Received in the Senate on March 18, 2014
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18, 2014
Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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