H.R. 127 Firearm Licensing and Registration, and Ammo Ban Bill Text Is Out, And It Couldn’t Be Worse

Texas Democrat U.S. House Representative Sheila Jackson Lee’s anti-gun bill is taking shape, and it’s worse than the gun community had anticipated.

H.R. 127 was filed on January 4, 2021, but its text was pending, and we had to wait for weeks to find out how the gun-haters were planning to violate American’s constitutional rights.

The bill establishes an abhorrent gun registration scheme threatening gun owners' privacy, putting them at risk of targeted harassment by anti-gun authorities and other entities. Additionally, it makes those records publicly searchable, exposing gun owners to more risks.

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The “Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act” requires gun owners to register with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives (ATF).

They must transmit data on the make, model, serial number, and the firearm’s acquisition date. Additionally, the gun owner must indicate where the firearm will be stored, the person loaned to, and the period of the lease.

“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,” H.R. 127 states.

Gun owners must also undergo a psychological evaluation, complete a 24 hours training course, and have an insurance policy that “insures the person against liability for losses and damages resulting from the use of any firearm by the person” for $800.

Seven states in the District of Columbia introduced gun ownership insurance proposals after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting but none of the bills passed.

H.R. 127 seeks to reintroduce the unworkable insurance requirements, which also do not improve public safety in any way. Gun-haters also ignore the fact that criminals would never buy the “gun safety insurance” and that legally armed Americans are least likely to commit crimes. Additionally, the insurance does not cover intentional injuries, and therefore, it would not benefit the victims of crime.

H.R. 127 also denies gun rights to people ever hospitalized for mental illness, attempted suicide, or brain disease, including dementia or Alzheimer's. Thus, the bill creates stigma on mental illness, preventing people from seeking medical intervention.

Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill also bans ammunition that is 0.50 caliber and above and a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

This bill is one of the worst that could ever be conceived by a legislator from a gun-friendly state. It’s time to contact your legislator and remind them that they must oppose H.R. 127 when introduced to the House.

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