Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is pushing a proposal that will create a public gun registry and could infringe on Second Amendment rights. It is seen by many as brazenly anti-police and dangerous as well.
Police officers are warning of the frightening implications of this legislation. Kevin Hassett, who is president of the Retired Police Association of the State of New York, the bill represents a “gross intrusion on your rights and your protections,” according to Fox News.
Hassett also stated that the registry is anti-police and could be dangerously used against retired police officers. “What good is it for someone who I may have arrested to finally find where I live, see how many guns I have? To what end?” Hassett queried. “How does that stop illegal firearms? How does that stop shootings?”
Another retired detective named T. J. McDermott called it downright frightening. “We’ve become a society where it’s easy to vilify [the police],” McDermott stated. “[Now they’re] turning police into victims.”
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“How does a national gun registry prevent shootings?” Hassett asked. “Criminals don’t register their guns. … There will always be people who don’t comply with the law.”
Ironically, the proposed public gun registry would help criminals locate firearms. It would do so by requiring that lawful gun owners register and state how many guns they own and where they store them. Many contend that a gun registry would be a precursor to gun confiscation.
“A registry of people who own firearms – citizens who’ve broken no law, who are not prohibited from owning firearms – would be very dangerous because it can easily result in confiscation of those firearms,” former NRA President David Keene stated in an interview with NPR in 2013.
“You just let every criminal, anyone that’s bent on bad behavior or obtaining a gun illegally … know exactly where to go to find the guns,” McDermott emphasized.
Creating a national gun registry is not the only thing on the Democrats’ gun agenda. One would not be able to buy a gun until you are 21 under the proposed law. You would also have to get a background check, complete a training course, and get a psych evaluation. Family members, ex-spouses, and at least two associates or family members would also have to pass a psych evaluation for you to prove you are stable enough to own a military-style gun. The definition of ‘military-style is fluid evidently.
Licenses would not be granted if the applicant had ever been hospitalized with a “mental illness, disturbance, or diagnosis,” including addiction, depression, or suicidal tendencies.
But wait, there’s more… a gun owner would also have to get federal approval before loaning a gun to someone. If the legislation is passed, current gun owners will have three months to supply their gun information to the federal government. You will also have to fork over $800 for firearms insurance from the government.
The legislation also criminalizes the possession of “large-capacity magazines” and “ammunition that is 0.50 caliber or greater.” Possession of a firearm or ammunition without a license or registration would be punishable with a minimum of 15 years behind bars or a fine of $75,000.
President Biden has previously vowed to “implement national gun licensing, background checks on the private transfer of guns, classification of semi-automatic rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds as Class 3 weapons, and the implementation of ‘red-flag’ laws that institute gun confiscation without due process.”
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