HR 127 – Firearm/Ammunition Licensing, Registration, and Banning of “Certain” Ammunition

By Faye Higbee

On January 4, 2021, Rep Sheila Jackson Lee introduced HR 127 to the House of Representatives. The bill’s official title is: “To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.” Democrats started their push for gun control even before the Georgia runoff, and the Washington DC debacle.

So far, HR 127 has been awaiting the summary and text, and should end up in the House Judiciary committee. Without a majority in the Senate to stop it, there is a real possibilty it could pass. The Biden administration is most definitely anti-gun – most of the people he has chosen are members of the Obama administration. It’s like Obama having a third term.

HR 127 and the licensing of firearms as well as the ammunition they require could cost Americans big money.

The NRA-ILA noted the case of New York State as a prime example:

First of all, the applicant must apply online. Not only does this obviously require a computer and Internet connection, it requires equipment like scanners, copiers, and printers (for supporting documentation) that are rare even in many computer-owning households.

The documentation required for an application may be intrusive and voluminous, depending on the person’s circumstances. Some supporting documents must additionally be notarized.

Applicants will be expected to provide photographs, birth certificate, any military discharge papers, proof of city residence, and documents related to any arrests or convictions (including for cases that were dismissed, nullified, or sealed). Every applicant must also be prepared to present an original Social Security card during an in-person appearance; bank deposit slips and tax returns may also be required. The application additionally mandates extensive disclosures about medical and mental health treatment, as well as full contact information for any and all providers.

Every handgun application requires a $340 fee ($140 for a rifle or shotgun), in addition to $88.25 for the mandatory fingerprint cards that must accompany the application.  Cash and checks are not accepted, only credit card payments or money orders (which of course require additional fees and special trips). Additional fees are required upon renewal.

Once the application and all required forms are uploaded, the License Division will schedule a mandatory interview for all handgun applicants, with long gun applicants having to appear at the Division’s discretion. Normal processing time is at least six months and often considerably longer.

The process is so complicated that it’s not uncommon for applicants to hire lawyers or other professionals to help them negotiate all the bureaucracy. The regime has also led to corruption scandals, with “facilitators” bribing licensing officials to grant or expedite the processing of permits. 

NRA-ILA on New York State Gun Laws

That was just New York state. Anyone who has ever dealt with Federal forms and requirements for anything, let alone all their firearms, knows that it’s a nightmare. Licensing federally under HR 127 would turn the 2nd amendment into firewood if the Democrats get their way. IF Americans obeyed it, which is a question only we as citizens could answer.

Think also about the money involved: The NFA charges $200 for every firearm purchased that falls under its rules. Per firearm. The paperwork for it is horrendous. Let’s go ahead and add millions of firearms owned by all of the citizens (fees that no one can afford) and you have an excuse for confiscation. Confiscation is a folly that few law enforcement officers want to tackle.

Pay close attention, America. This very well could become the “shot heard round the world” if Democrats actually get HR 127 through Congress.

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Featured photo: screenshot via the Culture Chronicles

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