On January 4, 2021, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, of Texas, introduced H.R. 127 to “provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.”
This bill is the most sweeping and comprehensive attempt by the left to control firearms in history. And with a Democratic majority in Congress and a certain number of weak-kneed Republican senators, it is a concern that this monstrosity of a bill may have an opportunity to pass.
Here’s what you need to know about House Resolution 127.
Under the bill, gun owners will have three months from the date the law goes into effect to provide the following information on all guns owned prior to the legislation:
- Make, model, and serial number
- Owner’s identity
- Date of acquisition
- Manner and location where the gun is stored
- Identities of anyone you’ve loaned your gun to (AG must approve of the person you loan your firearm to and the duration of your loan)
For new gun purchases, this information will need to be provided at the time of purchase.
The bill calls for the establishment and maintenance of a database of all registered firearms to be available to the public, members of law enforcement, all military branches, and all state and local governments.
The bill calls for licensing for the possession of all guns and ammunition. In order to obtain this licensing, people must meet the following requirements:
- Age of 21
- Criminal background check
- Psychological evaluation (conducted by psychologists approved by the AG)
- Complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
- Obtain firearm liability insurance
Licenses may be revoked or denied if you are determined to be “psychologically unfit” for any number of reasons.
The bill establishes that large-capacity ammunition feeding devices include magazines, belts, drums, etc. that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
The bill also states that those who knowingly violate the bill shall be fined no less than $75,000 and no more than $100,000 in addition to facing imprisonment of no less than 15 years and no more than 25 years unless a crime was committed, including suicide and unintentional shootings in which the fines and penalties are even harsher.
Financial Costs of H.R. 127
In addition to all the details of the licensing process, the costs of gun ownership in the U.S. will rise exponentially due to the requirements of this bill. Gun owners will now face licensing fees for firearms and ammunition (which have not yet been determined), firearm liability insurance costs, background check fees, psychological testing fees, training course fees, special fees for owning antique firearms and military-style weapons, and more.
It looks like we’ve come a long way from “Shall not be infringed,” if this bill passes.
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