House Democrats File Several Federal Gun Control Bills At Capitol Hill

Democrats kicked off the 117th legislative session by filing several gun control bills at Capitol Hill. Five out of six anti-gun measures were filed by Texas Democrats, including four from a single legislator.

We are also likely to witness more anti-gun bills, including a federal “assault weapons” ban making it to the Democrat-controlled House floor. The current House composition stands at 222 -221, with the Senate expected to be split into two.

H.R.30 was introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D – District 1). Also known as the “bill to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking,” the bill was referred to the House judiciary committee and might soon be introduced to the floor.

Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D – District 18) sponsored four gun control bills, H.R.121, 125, 127, and 130.

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H.R.121 requests the employment of 200 more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents and investigators to assist in enforcing federal gun laws.

H.R.125 seeks to amend Title 18 of the United States Code and introduce a 7-day waiting period for firearm purchases and transfers. The suggested restrictions would apply to any semiautomatic firearm, silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or large-capacity magazines (LCMs).

H.R.127 would introduce licensing and registration requirements for firearms, ammunition licensing and prohibit ownership of certain types of ammunition.

H.R.130 is a federal firearm and ammunition “safe storage” law that will give law enforcement agents the power to investigate gun owners suspected of failing to lock their guns.

Stashing away locked firearms makes them unavailable for emergencies, especially during home invasions and burglaries, thus putting the lives of home occupants at risk.

H.R.167 was introduced by another Texas Democrat, Rep. Al Green (D -District 9). The proposal seeks to prohibit the transfer of firearms at gun shows by individuals without Federal Firearm Licenses (FFLs).

Other anticipated proposals, including the federal “assault weapons” ban, are likely to be introduced by Rode Island Democrat David Cicilline (D – District 1). Rep. Cicilline introduced H.R.1296 during the 116th legislative session.

The bill was co-sponsored by 216 legislators, including ten Texas Democrats and a New York Republican Rep. Peter King (R - District 2). The bill required only two additional votes to pass.

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