H.R. 127 – What You Need To Know.

H.R. 127 is a gun control mega-bill. The title of the bill is “To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.” The bill aims to create a registration system for gun owners, their firearms, and where they are stored. This system will create a database and that database will be made available to the public. [1] This essentially creates a list of where your guns are stored and where to find them.

In addition to the registration system, this bill will also mandate gun owners to go through a licensing process [2] which includes a background check, psychological evaluation, 24 hours of training (you pay for), and mandatory insurance. The “Fee” for the required insurance is $800 a year. To own what the bill calls a “Military-Style Weapon” an additional license is [3] required along with an additional 24 hours of training (you pay for). “Military-Style Weapons” are essentially defined as most semiautomatic rifles with a pistol grip, Most semiautomatic handguns with a magazine that extends below the grip, and many semiautomatic shotguns.

The bill also attempts to introduce a blanket “large capacity ammunition feeding device” ban. [4] This essentially would make it illegal to possess a magazine, drum or belt with a capacity of over 10 rounds in any caliber other than .22 rimfire. It will also bans .50 caliber ammunition or greater. If passed, this would make millions of law abiding Americans felons overnight.

The bill also attempts to introduce a blanket “large capacity ammunition feeding device” ban. [4] This essentially would make it illegal to possess a magazine, drum or belt with a capacity of over 10 rounds in any caliber other than .22 rimfire. It will also bans .50 caliber ammunition or greater. If passed, this would make millions of law abiding Americans felons overnight.

If passed, this bill would create a lot of hoops to jump through just for owning a firearm. An annual $800 liability insurance fee, psychological evaluation, and a 24 hour training course for a standard license. This will also make gun ownership nearly impossible for those who cannot afford to miss 3-6 workdays for the training, who cannot afford to pay for the training and who cannot afford to pay the $800 per year for insurance, in addition to the cost of the firearm itself.

This bill is ignoring the 2nd amendment’s right to keep and bear arms not being infringed. This is a bill that could have a huge impact on the gun industry as well as gun owners as a whole. The public availability of the database proposed in this bill raises issues with privacy and is essentially exposing gun owner’s information. This information could be used by criminals to target OR avoid gun owners, or by communities to discriminate against gun owning neighbors.

Please contact your state representatives and remind them who they work for and how they got into office. This bill is unacceptable and we need to let our elected officials know that we will not stand for it.

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