New Bill Requires Gun Owners to Join Public Registry and Report Where They Keep Their Guns

New Bill Requires Gun Owners to Join Public Registry and Report Where They Keep Their Guns

  18 Feb 2021

A Democratic bill introduced this year in the House of Representatives would create a mandatory and publicly accessible registry listing the names of all gun owners, how many guns they have, and where they keep their firearms.

The bill (H.R. 127) would also ban several types of ammunition .50 caliber or greater, require gun owners to purchase firearm insurance that costs $800 per year, and require people to complete a psychological evaluation and government training prior to purchasing a gun.

If gun owners do not comply with these new restrictions, they face up to 10 years in prison and fines of $50,000 to $150,000.

Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sponsored the bill, which is one of the most aggressive attempts yet by progressive lawmakers to infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun rights groups have already expressed their concerns about the bill.

“All gun control bills share the same basic goal: a world in which fewer people own firearms,” the National Rifle Association wrote. “Some bills simply ban certain types of firearms or ammunition outright. Others place obstacles in the path of owning firearms or ammunition to make them more difficult and expensive to obtain, thereby shrinking the market for them … H.R. 127 combines both failed approaches.”

“It bans common types of ammunition and original equipment magazines for most self-defense firearms. And, it makes all firearms more difficult to obtain and possess through a punitive licensing and registration scheme,” the statement continued.

Leaders of several retired police officer groups spoke with the Washington Times expressing their concern for the bill. Under the legislation, retired officers would not be exempt from the public registry.

“This is very dangerous, especially for retirees,” Kevin Hassett, president of the New York’s Retired Police Association, told the outlet. “Things have gone so downhill with this level of hostility towards cops and we are out there with the label that we are no longer cops. Retired cops don’t have partners or backup. We are out there on our own.”

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Association of Retired Police Officers president Gerald G. Neill Jr. expressed concern that a registry would lead to the targeting of former cops.

“There is danger in having this as part of the public record,” he said.

While the bill has a long way to go before becoming law — it has no co-sponsors and has yet to be scheduled for a committee hearing. But its introduction demonstrates the confidence of anti-gun lawmakers under the Biden administration and in a Democratic Party-controlled Congress.

“H.R. 127 is so outrageous, persecutory, and unworkable that its main function is simply to display the hostility of its author and supporters toward firearms, those who own them, and those who want to own them,” the NRA also said.

Biden has not yet commented on Jackson Lee’s bill. However, he has made gun control a major issue of his presidency. This week he called on Congress to enact “commonsense” reforms, such as banning assault weapons.

10 thoughts on “New Bill Requires Gun Owners to Join Public Registry and Report Where They Keep Their Guns

  1. If the lawmakers pass this unconstitutional law I predict there will be millions of citizens who will not comply with it. Further, I hope and fervently expect many states to also indicate they will not require their residents to comply with the law.

    Just to be very clear, I WILL NOT. And I’m willing to fight for my constitutional rights.

  2. I would hate to see a law such as this implemented in our country, though I don’t own any guns it is a slap in the face of every American citizen. The streets would run red if this happened.

  3. There is no way the American people will allow this. Biden and his democratic army is putting this country so decided that there will probably be a massive attack on him and the democratic in office and start a war in American because of there attempts to drive Americans in the mud. When will Our military say enough is enough and take Biden and the SWAMP down and put President Trump back in office where he should be.

  4. This is total, unconstitutional crap. The 2nd. amendment is written in plain enough English that even the stupid democrats should be able to understand it.
    Since when has a President, elected because of a totally fraudulent election by the way, has the power to just take it upon himself to disregard our Constitution and install stupid laws in favor of his liberal, bias, left wing, socialist/communist, self serving, egotistical agenda?
    What happened to a “Government of the People, by the People, for the People”?
    Why is Congress just sitting with their thumbs up their respective butts and allowing Pilosi and Schumer to pull the strings of puppet Biden to control our country and turn into a live version of Orwells book “1984”. This must come to an abrupt halt. We, the people own this Country, the stinking, crooked democrats do not!

  5. That will never work. The second amendment guarantees our rights! Don’t walk all over the constitution or you might have a civil war on your hands!!

  6. If the Democrats are intent on starting a civil war, then by all means, continue pushing this insane bill. There are 200 million gun owner and over 400 million guns in this country that are legally owned. Many are family and historical heirlooms, and a huge percentage are owned by people who are licensed to carry concealed. If anybody thinks those people are going to just roll over and give up their guns, go on some public list, and cough up $800 for insurance without a fight, they’re simply delusional. The British tried to confiscate our guns once before, and we all know how that turned out. We’ve got a hell of a lot more gun owners and guns by several orders of magnitude now than we had then. You do the math.

  7. Oh, hell to the no. Suppose some criminal decides to target an older woman with mobility problems who lives alone. All he has to do is consult a public registry to see whether she has any guns and where she keeps them. He can then determine whether it is safe for him to invade her home. He takes what he wants if she’s lucky. If she’s not he also beats her or kills her. I ask the people of Jackson Lee’s district to recall her or, at the least, vote her out next year. In the meantime, it’s passive resistance, baby.

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