Seriously? Register Every Gun in the US? – The Legal Brief


Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show
where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of
the gun world. I’m your host Adam Kraut and today we’re taking
a look at the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act. Prepare to get angry. Earlier this year, everyone’s favorite Congresswoman
Sheila Jackson Lee introduced the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act. The bill itself was introduced at towards
the end of July and only recently did the text become available. So what does the bill do? First, it would authorize the Attorney General,
through the ATF, to establish a system for the licensing of firearms or ammunition and
for the registration of each firearm present in the US with ATF. You heard that correctly, she wants every
gun in the US to be registered. For the registration system itself, it would
require the owners to identify the make, model, serial number, date acquired, where the firearm
is or will be stored, and identify themselves. I’m already sensing if this somehow were
passed, there’d be a lot of responses about the bottom of some lake somewhere. Owners of firearms would also have to file
a notice that specifies the identity of individuals to whom the firearm might be loaned. The AG would be responsible for establishing
and maintaining the database of all firearms registered. Even more amusing, is that the contents shall
be accessible to not only federal, state and local law enforcement, branches of the armed
forces, and state and local governments but also all members of the public. All members of the public…nothing could
possibly go wrong with that…And this is just the registration part… The licensing aspect would require the AG
to issue a license to anyone over 21 who passes a NICS check, undergoes a psychological evaluation
that concludes they are not psychologically unsuited to possess a firearm, completes a
training course that is at least 24 hours long and demonstrates that they will have
in effect an insurance policy. Nothing like adding a license, psych eval,
mandatory training and insurance to exercise a constitutionally protected right. But it gets better, license types also include
those for antique firearms and “military-style” weapons. The bill also describes the requirements for
the psych evaluation, which includes, at the discretion of the psychologist, the evaluation
of other members of the household. They must also interview the person’s spouse,
former spouses, or two individuals who are a member of the family or an associate of
the person applying for a license. The bill also includes provisions for the
denial, suspension or revocation of a license. On top of that for the first 5 years, the
license expires yearly, after which it switches to a three year renewal cycle. And let’s not forget the insurance provision. The bill would require that the AG issue an
insurance policy to anyone who has applied for a license and paid the required fee. It’ll only cost $800 a year. F*%k the poor, right? The bill also prohibits a person from possessing
firearms or ammunition unless they are carrying an issued license, with the firearm being
registered to them. If it is registered to someone else, they
better have notified the AG and be within the time period specified. It’d be unlawful to transfer a firearm or
ammunition to anyone without a license and if you’re giving a gift, you better notify
the AG of that too. And you better have that insurance. Penalties for violations range from a fine
of $5,000-$150,000 and 5 to 25 years imprisonment. And as a final blow, the bill would make it
unlawful to possess .50 caliber ammunition and “large capacity” magazine feeding
devices. As you can see, this bill would create a whole
host of constitutional concerns. On top of that, it would disproportionately
affect the poor. I mean, clearly they don’t have a right
to self defense…That sounds like something Joe Biden would say. That’s it for this episode, if you have learned
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