16 February 2009

Big Brother's New Target: Tracking Firearms


U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) recently sponsored H.R. 45, also known as "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act." The bill is, at its core and as its name implies, a licensing and registration scheme.

The measure calls for all handgun owners to submit to the federal government an application that shall include, among many other things: a photo; an address; a thumbprint; a completed, written firearm safety test; private mental health records; and a fee. And those are only some of the requirements to be licensed!

The bill would further require the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer, and owner's address in America. Moreover, the bill would make it illegal to own or possess a "qualifying firearm" -- defined as "any handgun; or any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device…" [emphasis added] without one of the proposed licenses.

Additionally, the bill would make it illegal to transfer ownership of a "qualifying firearm" to anyone who is not a licensed gun dealer or collector (with very few exceptions), and would require "qualifying firearm" owners to report all transfers to the attorney general's database. It would also be illegal for a licensed gun owner to fail to record a gun loss or theft within 72 hours, or fail to report a change of address within 60 days. Further, if a minor obtains a firearm and injures someone with it, the owner of the firearm may face a multiple-year jail sentence.

H.R. 45 is essentially a reintroduction of H.R. 2666, which Rush introduced in 2007. H.R. 2666 contained much of the same language as H.R. 45, and was co-sponsored by several well-known anti-gun legislators--including Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. H.R. 45 currently has no co-sponsors.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've posted 2 comments (one under cats and one under douche, so I think I'd best come up with something to call myself). I'd love to use my actual blogger tag, but if somebody saw me, I'd be in trouble. My Dad and brother are both responsible firearms users. My brother TRIED to register. Several damned times. My friend, who's an instructor, wrote a letter on his behalf. Several years after that, my brother got another letter that they just realized they have nothing on file about his firearms. They kept maintaining that they didn't get the paperwork. It's been a multi-billion dollar problem. A couple of months ago I took the Firearms Acquisition Course because my Dad wants to pass down the family guns and it seems the idiots cannot get it together with my brother. Let's see if they accept me. I've been a CO for over twenty years. I've had perverts fixate on me. Yet, we're not allowed to store firearms (assuming I get the licence) in a handy spot. The ammunition must be seperate from the firearm. Logical? In the meantime, we have had endless gang killings in the city near me. Yeah, they follow the rules. (Call me Oh, Cynical One).