Derek has been a firearms enthusiast for many years and grew up hunting. He currently helps people to both understand and use guns safely.
H.R. 127 is a bill first introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Texas representative Sheila Jackson Lee. This bill puts heavy restrictions on both the sale and ownership of all weapons. It is meant to be an Amendment to the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Why is this bill a bad idea and what does it mean for you?
What is H.R. 127 and what does it promote?
H.R. 127 was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.
- First, the bill would outright ban common types of ammunition and any ammunition larger than .50 caliber, including all shotgun shells larger than a .410. A violation would result in a fine at least $50,000 and at least 10 years imprisonment.
- This bill would outlaw any magazine larger than 10 rounds, except for certain .22 rimfire rifles with tube magazines. Hundreds of millions of magazines would become illegal with no compensation, though the magazines and rounds were constitutional when obtained. The bill states "It shall be unlawful for any person to possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device"
- H.R. 127 would require a license separate from an ownership license to display firearms and only in a pre-approved display case.
- This bill would require the federal government to register over 400 million firearms within 3 months, should the bill pass, enforced by the ATF or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. As the bill says, "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" as well as telling the government when you loan a gun, as saying "the identity of any person to whom, and any period of time during which, the firearm will be loaned to the person".
- A license would be denied to anyone who has a mental illness, including PTSD, Dementia, or Alzheimer's patients. Anyone with any past history of brain cancer, depression, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, or any addiction to a controlled substance.
- This new firearm registry would be made public to everyone, including the Military. H.R. 127 states "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."
- Criminals with illegally obtained firearms would not be required to register their weapons. Under a U.S. Supreme Court Law, they would not be required to disclose illegal firearm ownership with registration.
- It would be illegal to own firearms for young adults. H.R. 127 would require licenses for everyone and licenses would only be available to those over 21 years of age. Licenses would only be issued to those who are 21 or older, complete a mandatory criminal background check, completes a psychological evaluation and completes a mandatory 24 hours of training.
- A mandatory federal tax of $800 per year would be issued to those who posses the license. The bill calls it "insurance or a fee".
What H.R. 127 would do
H.R. would make a huge change to the 2nd Amendment as a whole and would confirm 2 of many gun owners' biggest fears, both criminals able to obtain the same weapons they no longer can and a tyrannical government infringing upon their rights. By banning most shotgun shells and large capacity magazines, there would be no possible way to deer hunt in 10 U.S. states. H.R. would remove your rights under both the 2nd Amendment and your right to privacy by making a public list of gun owners. The government would know what you owned, where it is kept, and everything about the gun. With large capacity magazines becoming illegal and no compensation, law abiding gun owners would lose a lot of money on something that was legal when they bought it. H.R. 127 is a massive infringement upon U.S. citizens' rights and it goes to show just how far the government will go to abolish our rights.
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© 2021 Derek Vince
Derek Vince (author) from United States on February 24, 2021:
I hope you're right MG Singh, but I also never thought I would see the day that people want socialism rather than live in a country where their personal fortune has no limits.
MG Singh from UAE on February 24, 2021:
This is an interesting article but I don't think H.r.127 is going to be made law.