A bill submitted by Rep Hank ‘Guam-will-tip-over’ Johnson aims to infringe on the 2nd amendment with a plethora of new rules and regulations. HR 5717, or the “Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020” is an extremely restrictive gun bill that has 18 sponsors so far. Instead of restricting criminals, it restricts ordinary citizens…the typical gun control bill.
The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on March 10. Of course, Congress has been a little busy of late, so whether it will go any further is anyone’s guess. The bill creates a national gun registry, among many other things.
Title I creates a Federal license for guns and for ammunition. In other words, you will have to be licensed in order to own a firearm or bullets.
Title II creates “universal background checks” and requires a 7 day waiting period as well as a required reporting of any denials.
Title III requires a person to be 21 years of age to possess or purchase a firearm, unless they are a member of the US military or are on a ranch or farm. Those who commit misdemeanor domestic violations will now be barred from firearms purchase or possession. Secure gun storage and/or gun lock devices will be required for all gun owners of both handguns and rifles…and the rules for them are stringent. It expands the gun free zones for ALL schools and colleges, flying in the face of state laws that have removed the gun free zone designations.
Title IV establishes grants for states that pass red flag laws and creates a Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order.
Title V creates a ban on nearly all semi-automatic rifles and any large magazines, as well as “ghost guns.” There is a prohibition on possession of suppressors and other accessories. It also bans home builds for any weapons.
Title VI prohibits the sale of multiple firearms, limiting each person to one firearm per month.
Title VII requires dealers to keep records of firearms sales and institute “security” requirements.
Title VIII increased the excise tax on firearms to 30% and ammunition to 50%.
Title IX creates a community grant program for gun violence intervention, and funds for research.
What about “shall not be infringed” do these Democrats not get? Clearly unconstitutional, this bill should be stopped in its tracks. As soon as this virus crisis is over, you can be sure the Democrats will be pushing it hard. Though it has little chance of Senate passage, the House could shove it forward. Call your Representatives and express your opinion.
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