From: The Honorable Chris Collins
Sent By:
Bill: H.R. 3933
Date: 1/30/2014

Join me in Co-Sponsoring H.R. 3933 the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act
Endorsed by the National Rifle Association

Dear Colleague,

I write to ask you to join me in ensuring that Americans facing bankruptcy reserve their Second Amendment right to retain firearms by co-sponsoring H.R. 3933, the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act. Endorsed by the National Rifle Association, this legislation received bipartisan support when it passed the House in the 111th Congress. The Senate companion was introduced simultaneously by Sen. Leahy (D-VT).

Americans are still struggling to survive the economic recession. Families and individuals across the nation are doing their best to make ends meet. Bankruptcy filings continue to prevail in the United States with over 1.2 million Americans filing for bankruptcy in 2012. However, according to the Congressional Research Service, only 13 states provide protection for our nation’s gun owners by having some form of explicit exemption for firearms. This means 37 states in our nation force gun owners facing bankruptcy to cede protection secured to them under the U.S. Constitution.

This bipartisan bill would amend the federal definition of protected “household goods” to include firearms as items that cannot be confiscated by creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding. Specifically, the measure would exempt firearms valued up to $3,000 from being seized under federal bankruptcy law.

Please join me in standing up for the Second Amendment and protecting American gun owners.

For more information or to become a cosponsor of this legislation, please contact Erynn Hook ( in my office.


Member of Congress