New Gun Control Bill Gives Ex-Spouses a Say in Your Approval
You might want to consider staying on good terms with your ex if you want to buy a gun anytime. And if you’re feeling depressed, you better think twice about mentioning it to anyone- let alone establish a paper trail of treatment for it- if you think that one day you may want to avail yourself of your Second Amendment rights. In fact, if H.R. 127 manages to make it through the process of becoming a law, gun ownership is going to become prohibitively punitive for many Americans.
Texas Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a new gun control bill that seeks to crush gun owners and permit applicants under the weight of big government overreach.
H. R. 127 is explained as a bill to “provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.”
Sheila Jackson Lee is firing at gun owners with both barrels. First she takes aim at privacy.
The bill requires all gun owners to provide every detail of the firearm they purchase, or already have in possession. This includes the make, model, and serial number, the date it was acquired, where it will be stored, who it may be loaned to and when it will be loaned to that person, and where the firearm is stored.
The ownership information will be publicly searchable.
Gun owners will have three months from the date the bill is enacted into law to submit this information for all firearms already in possession. New sales will require same day submission.
This database will be maintained by the Attorney General, through the ATF.
Next, Sheila zeroes in on young adults. Current federal law states a person must be 18 years old to buy a gun from a private seller, and 21 years old to buy from a licensed seller. Some long guns have no age limit to buy from a private owner. Under the new bill, the age will be raised to 21 years old.
Now that she’s warmed up, Sheila makes sure she’s locked and loaded, as she fires away at all Americans who have the courage to seek treatment for and simply to admit they are suffering from, or have ever suffered from, any form of mental illness. Then she opens up the range to allow any vindictive ex or ticked off former friend or colleague to take their shots, too.
Currently, each state has its own policy on background checks. The new bill will require all applicants to pass not just a standard background test, but a thorough psychological evaluation by a licensed psychologist as approved by the Attorney General.
Any person with a history of hospitalization or record of behavior indicating “a mental illness, disturbance, or diagnosis (including depression, homicidal ideation, suicidal ideation, attempted suicide, or addiction to a controlled substance (within the meaning of the Controlled Substances Act) or alcohol), or a brain disease (including dementia or Alzheimer’s). Furthermore, the psychologist is authorized to interview members of the household, associates, or former spouses of the applicant, in a quest to determine the applicant’s mental stability.
Have you ever been depressed? Have you grieved the loss of a person you love, which sent you into a depression? Are you grieving still? Have you sought treatment for depression, or talked openly about it? Have you rebuilt your life in the wake of a drug addiction, or suicide attempts? Good for you- unless you want to own a gun. And what about the ex-husband who used to beat you, and you found the strength to leave? Do you think he’ll tell that psychologist you’re mentally fit to own a gun? Or the ex-wife you left after 20 years, when you hooked up with the babysitter- pretty sure she’ll have some juicy nuggets for that psychologist, too.
But wait – there’s more.
In addition to the invasive psychological exam (and it’s unclear who pays for that), the documentation required, and the opportunities for anyone you’ve pissed off to sandbag you, Sheila wants you to to take and pass a certified training course no less than 24 hours long.
For those who make it through that gauntlet, one more surprise awaits. You will be required to spend $800.00 a year to insure yourself for the use of your firearms.
It’s not a one-and-done deal, either. Licenses must be periodically renewed.
This means all gun owners will have to take continuing education courses, and walk through other steps as well, in perpetuity.
Penalties for violating these new laws, including new restrictions on ammunition, range from $5,000 – $150,000 with jail times of 1- 40 years.
Separate requirement are included to merely display an antique firearm in your home, including registration, documentation, and approval by the Attorney General.
“Military style” firearms have specifications as well.
You can see the full bill here Although Congresswoman Jackson states she cannot reply to inquiries from anyone outside her constituency, since this bill impacts all law-abiding Americans, we recommend you give her office a call to let her know how you feel about it. Her office number is (202) 225-3816. A follow-up fax- thousands of them- will also send a message. Her fax number is 202) 225-3317. While you’re at it- don’t forget to let your own representatives know how you feel about H.R. 127