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S. 2150 - Imitation Firearms Safety Act of 2017

Introduced: 2017-11-16
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2150


    To improve requirements for entering into commerce of imitation firearms, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 16, 2017

    Mr. Blumenthal introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

    To improve requirements for entering into commerce of imitation firearms, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Imitation Firearms Safety Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Improved requirements for entering into commerce of imitation firearms.

(a) Distinctive coloration.—Section 4 of the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 5001) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking “contains, or has affixed” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “is marked or manufactured as described in subsection (b).”; and

(2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

“(b) Marking and manufacturing requirements.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), each toy firearm, look-alike firearm, or imitation firearm shall be marked or manufactured, or both, so that the coloration of the entire exterior surface of the toy firearm, look-alike firearm, or imitation firearm—

“(A) is white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either individually or as the predominant color in combination with any other color in any pattern; and

“(B) is permanent.

“(2) ALTERNATIVES AND WAIVERS.—The Secretary of Commerce may—

“(A) provide for an alternate coloration or marking for any toy firearm, look-alike firearm, or imitation firearm that is not capable of meeting the coloration requirements of paragraph (1); and

“(B) waive the requirement of any such coloration or marking for any toy firearm, look-alike firearm, or imitation firearm that will only be used in the theatrical, movie, or television industry.”.

(b) Repeal of exception from regulation of certain imitation firearms.—The first subsection (c) of such section (15 U.S.C. 5001) (relating to the definition of “look-alike firearm”) is amended to read as follows:

“(c) Look-Alike firearm defined.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In this section, except as provided in paragraph (2), the term ‘look-alike firearm’ means any imitation of any original firearm which was manufactured, designed, and produced since 1898, including the following:

“(A) Toy guns.

“(B) Water guns.

“(C) Replica nonguns.

“(D) Air-soft guns firing nonmetallic projectiles.

“(E) Traditional BB and pellet-firing air guns that expel a projectile through the force of air pressure.

“(2) EXCEPTIONS.—In this section, the term ‘look-alike firearm’ does not include the following:

“(A) Any look-alike, nonfiring, collector replica of an antique firearm developed prior to 1898.

“(B) Paint-ball guns that expel a projectile through the force of air pressure.”.

(c) Revision of rules.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Consumer Product Safety Commission shall review and revise the rules and regulations of the Department of Commerce and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, respectively, to ensure that such rules and regulations are consistent with section 4 of the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 5001), as amended by this section.

(2) NOTICE AND COMMENT.—The Secretary of Commerce and the Consumer Product Safety Commission shall revise rules under paragraph (1) in accordance with section 553 of title 5, United States Code.

(d) Applicability.—The amendments made by this section to section 4 of the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 5001) shall apply with respect to toy firearms, look-alike firearms, and imitation firearms that are manufactured on or after the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(e) Technical correction.—The second subsection (c) of section 4 of the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 5001) (relating to a requirement for a technical evaluation) is redesignated as subsection (e).


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