Sheila Jackson-Lee has a new gun control bill that is, in a word, horrendous. It not only creates a gun-registry, but demands that you have a ‘license’ to own a firearm or ammunition:
Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has proposed a gun control bill that would create a national firearm registry, set a minimum gun ownership age at 21 and both require licensing and psychological evaluations.
The proposed Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act would make it a crime to possess a firearm or ammunition without the new license or sell one to someone who doesn’t have the license.
It also requires gun owners to pay for insurance and bans ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, except for law enforcement and a limited range of security personnel.
Forcing people to get a government-issued license in order to own a gun is blatantly unconstitutional and downright un-American. The American government doesn’t get to pick and choose who owns a gun, because we all know that’s what this is really about. Nope nope nope.
The bill would give the U.S. attorney general jurisdiction over licensing through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Gun owners would also have to complete a government training course, have a clean record and register their firearms with the federal government. Registry information would be available to law enforcement from the local to the federal level as well as the U.S. military.
A government training course? A clean record? These are nothing more than impediments to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to own a gun.
There would also be a special license needed for certain semi-automatic rifles and handguns:
The display of an antique firearm in one’s home would require a federal firearms license and an additional license under the proposed law.
There would also be a license for “military-style weapons,” which the bill defines as a broad range of semiautomatic rifles and handguns as well as some shotguns.
This is my favorite part:
Anyone who has ever been hospitalized due to mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, homicidal or suicidal thoughts or a brain disease would not be eligible to obtain a firearms license.
The psychological evaluation process would also take into account the psychological condition of other members of the licensee’s household, current and former spouses, relatives and associates.
Add to the list of mental illnesses ‘Trump supporter’ because that’s one big category of people who would be blocked from owning firearms if SJL gets her way. This is insanity.
Normally I would ignore a crazy bill like this, but given that Democrats control the Congress and the presidency, it’s a legitimate threat. I really don’t see how it could actually get passed at this point given the Senate, but Democrats aren’t honest brokers when it comes to their agenda. They’ll use whatever they think they can get away with to force it down our throats and sadly, I have no confidence that the courts would get involved to stop ridiculous procedural shenanigans in the Senate.
Several have already responded to the ridiculousness of this, including Governor Greg Abbott:
This is an example why I want to make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State —>
Gun control bill from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would create national firearm registry, require licensing.
We must erect a complete barrier to gun regulations like this. https://t.co/gKtGnISqzf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 6, 2021
@SheliaJackson1 and her leftist cronies have launched an assault on #2A with a bill that includes a national gun registry, mandated federal gun & ammo licenses, new gun taxes and limits. I will stand for freedom and #2A rights in #Texas. https://t.co/JoQAFt8zh3
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) February 6, 2021