So what is coming next from the bunch in Washington now? Good question isn’t it?
Well for starters Sheila Jackson Lee(D) has offered up what amounts to a gun confiscation bill. The bill would basically criminalize gun ownership unless you were willing to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and hefty licensing fee of $800 in order to own a firearm among other things.
FOX News reports that:
The proposed Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act would make it a crime to possess a firearm or ammunition without the new license or sell one to someone who doesn’t have the license.
It also requires gun owners to pay for insurance and bans ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, except for law enforcement and a limited range of security personnel.
The bill would give the U.S. attorney general jurisdiction over licensing through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Gun owners would also have to complete a government training course, have a clean record and register their firearms with the federal government. Registry information would be available to law enforcement from the local to the federal level as well as the U.S. military.
The display of an antique firearm in one’s home would require a federal firearms license and an additional license under the proposed law.
There would also be a license for “military-style weapons,” which the bill defines as a broad range of semiautomatic rifles and handguns as well as some shotguns.
Anyone who has ever been hospitalized due to mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, homicidal or suicidal thoughts or a brain disease would not be eligible to obtain a firearms license.
The psychological evaluation process would also take into account the psychological condition of other members of the licensee’s household, current and former spouses, relatives and associates.
Here is a link to the full text of bill.
Lee is the same Congresswoman who famously asked NASA scientists whether they could drive the Mars rover to where Neil Armstrong placed the American flag. Of course as everyone knows Armstrong placed the flag on the moon, not Mars.
If you were to ask me say just 6 to 8 years ago if a bill like this had a snowball’s chance in hell of passing I would say “hell no”. Now given the current state of our country and those in charge I would have to say all bets are off.
Would the democrats kill the filibuster to get this bill or a similar one that appeared to be watered down passed? How many RINOs would help them? Given recent rulings by SCOTUS would you depend on them to stop it? I know I wouldn’t.