To require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to make video recordings of the examination and testing of firearms and ammunition, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Fairness in Firearm Testing Act

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to make a video recording of its
entire process of examining and testing an item to determine whether it is a
firearm (and if so, the type of firearm) or ammunition. The bill bars the ATF
from editing or erasing any such recording.

The ATF must make a digital video disc containing a copy of the recording
available to: (1) a person requesting a copy who claims an ownership interest in
such item, and (2) a defendant in a criminal proceeding involving such item. 

An item which the ATF has determined is a firearm or ammunition shall not be
admissible as evidence unless: (1) the ATF has complied with the requirements of
this bill to make its digital video disc available, or (2) such compliance has
been waived in writing by the person against whom the item is offered as



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Referred to House Ways and Means

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Referred to House Judiciary

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 14th, 2017