God bless America!
God bless America!
Yes, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is the author of HR 127, the much-lamented anti-gun measure recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. She wants gun owners licensed and all their guns registered. On top of that, she wants gun owners to purchase a special insurance policy from the U.S. Attorney General for $800 a year. But perhaps the most egregious item about her fundamentally unconstitutional measure is the penalties from breaking the new laws.
Make no mistake here: There would be absolutely no hand-slapping under the new law. Gun owners wouldn’t get a break for not complying with the licensing and registration mandates. While Lee and other Democrats in Congress refuse to strengthen laws that would increase penalties for violent criminals, she’s plenty happy to send gun owners to jail for up to a quarter of a century—after draining their bank accounts—for small violations of her sweeping legislation.
The measure states an unlicensed person possessing a non-registered firearm faces fines ranging from $75,000 to $150,000. Further, violators would face imprisonment of up to 15-25 years. The law even addresses anyone illegally transferring a weapon, like loaning a gun to a buddy for a hunting trip; that infraction brings fines of $50,000 to $75,000 and a prison stretch of 10 to 15 years.
And that’s not all. Gun owners violating the provision of the measure banning ammunition .50-caliber and larger face massive penalties. Fines range from $50,000 to $100,000, while imprisonment ranges 10 to 20 years. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds would bring fines ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. They would also include prison sentences ranging one to five years.
Penalties aside, if you haven’t heard the details about HR 127 yet, they are quite alarming.
The measure does, indeed, require registration of every firearm owned in America (except those owned by criminals, of course). The applicable part of the legislation states: “The Attorney General, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, shall establish a system for licensing the possession of firearms or ammunition in the United States, and for the registration with the Bureau of each firearm present in the United States.”
That provision continues: “Under the firearm registration system, the owner of a firearm shall transmit to the Bureau — (A) the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored; and (B) a notice specifying the identity of any person to whom, and any period of time during which, the firearm will be loaned to the person.”
The section on licensing also proves quite alarming. It states the Attorney General shall issue licenses only in the following circumstances:
Other interesting provisions dictate more stringent licensing requirements for “military-style weapons,” a mandatory $800 gun insurance policy sold by the government, a psychological evaluation to receive a license, a 24-hour training course administered by the Attorney General to qualify for a license and a ban on all private transfers without approval by the Attorney General.
In the end, HR 127 is a horrible piece of legislation for America’s law-abiding gun owners. And, the penalties for violating the proposed law are way over the top. They appear to be Jackson Lee’s attempt at seeing if those Americans who are saying, “Come and take it,” are ready to play hardball or are just blowing smoke.
What You Should Know ...
As we write this, Assembly Bill A352 has moved to the Codes committee where it currently sits. This is the same fate as the same bill that was introduced (and died) in the 2019-2020 New York Legislative Session.
Although it’s still early in the 2021-2022 session, we urge you and your NY family and friends to take action now by contacting your NY Senator to register your opposition to the state infringing on your right to protect yourself and loved ones, for merely owning a defensive tool.
At the national level, there has yet to be anything introduced regulating body armor. However, given there have been three previous attempts at regulating Level III and higher armor (HR 5344 in 2014, HR 378 in 2015, and HR 4568 in 2019), we wouldn’t be surprised if there is another attempt by the current administration. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
We have long believed that body armor is one of the Tools of Liberty the Second Amendment protects from the actions of government tyrants, and even though the Second Amendment is very clear, “...shall not be infringed,” those who seek to oppress the People are back at it again.
On January 4, 2021, two bills were submitted to Congress by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), that would all but kill the Right to Keep and Bear Arms if passed in their submitted forms.
The first, H.R.125, would mandate a seven day waiting period for the transfer of a “semiautomatic firearm, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine”, including between private parties. It is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.
The second bill, H.R.127, would essentially gut the Second Amendment w/o actually repealing it. It’s a laundry list of all the things anti-freedom tyrants want for gun control. It is also currently in the House Judiciary Committee.
It also criminalizes giving or loaning firearms or ammunition without notifying the Attorney General, and the recipient must also be licensed.
Penalties for violating these laws range fines between $5,000-$10,000 for loaning a firearm to someone without notifying the Attorney General, to fines between $75,000-$150,000 and/or a prison sentence of between 15-25 years, for not having a license.
These bills are direct threats to our God-given right to self-defense, a right the Second Amendment restricts government from infringing.
These bills directly impact those of lesser financial means who cannot afford the government’s licensing or insurance requirements.
Irrespective of these bills’ sponsor, these bills need to be taken seriously, and must be opposed at every instance.