New Gun Bill Would Require Public Registry of All Weapons
Marisa Lloyd

New Gun Bill Would Require Public Registry of All Weapons

The Proposed Bill Would Include an Annual $800 Insurance Fee

Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX], has introduced bill H.R.127, which would require gun owners to register their firearms within three months, or face legal consequences:

  • “(1) REQUIRED INFORMATION.—Under the firearm registration system, the owner of a firearm shall transmit to the Bureau—
  • “(A) the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored; and
  • “(B) a notice specifying the identity of any person to whom, and any period of time during which, the firearm will be loaned to the person.
  • “(2) DEADLINE FOR SUPPLYING INFORMATION.—The transmission required by paragraph (1) shall be made—
  • “(A) in the case of a firearm acquired before the effective date of this section, within 3 months after the effective date of this section; or 
  • “(B) in the case of a firearm acquired on or after the effective date, on the date the owner acquires the firearm.

The proposed bill would also create a government database so the government can see who owns guns and where they are located:

  • “(A) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General shall establish and maintain a database of all firearms registered pursuant to this subsection.
  • “(B) ACCESS.—The Attorney General shall make the contents of the database accessible to all members of the public, all Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and all State and local governments, as defined by the Bureau.

Third, liscencing laws would be updated with the following:

  • “(A) GENERAL LICENSE.—Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the Attorney General shall issue to an individual a license to possess a firearm and ammunition if the individual—
  • “(i) has attained 21 years of age;
  • “(ii) after applying for the license—
  • “(I) undergoes a criminal background check conducted by the national instant criminal background check system established under section 103 of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, and the check does not indicate that possession of a firearm by the individual would violate subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 or State law;
  • “(II) undergoes a psychological evaluation conducted in accordance with paragraph (2), and the evaluation does not indicate that the individual is psychologically unsuited to possess a firearm; and
  • “(III) successfully completes a training course, certified by the Attorney General, in the use, safety, and storage of firearms, that includes at least 24 hours of training; and
  • “(iii) demonstrates that, on issuance of the license, the individual will have in effect an insurance policy issued under subsection (d).

The insurance description is below: 

  • “(1) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General shall issue to any person who has applied for a license pursuant to subsection (c) and has paid to the Attorney General the fee specified in paragraph (2) of this subsection a policy that insures the person against liability for losses and damages resulting from the use of any firearm by the person during the 1-year period that begins with the date the policy is issued.
  • “(2) FEE.—The fee specified in this paragraph is $800.”.

All of this information was taken directly from Congress.gov. 

A pro gun group called The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms called the bill "insanity on steroids."

“Over the years,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we’ve seen some astonishingly bad legislation originate on Capitol Hill, but this one takes the term ‘abomination’ to an entirely new level. One look at this bill and you wonder whether Congresswoman Jackson Lee ever heard of the Bill of Rights, which includes the Second Amendment.”

The bill would also ban all .50 caliber weapons. 

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