The bill would make it a crime to possess firearms or ammunition without a new license
Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has proposed a gun control bill that would create a national firearm registry, set a minimum gun ownership age of 21 and require both licensure and psychological evaluation.
Under the proposed Sabika Sheikh Firearms Licensing and Registration Act, it would be an offense to possess firearms or ammunition without a new license or to sell to someone who does not have a license.
The bill is named after an exchange student from Pakistan, who was shot dead in a Texas school in 2018.
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It also requires gun owners to pay ammunition insurance of .50 caliber or more, except for a limited range of law enforcement and security personnel.
The bill would give the jurisdiction of the US Attorney General on licensing through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Gun owners must also complete a government training course, have a clean record and register their firearms with the federal government. Registry information will be available for law enforcement at the local to federal level as well as for the US 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 will also be a license for “military-style weapons”, which the bill defines as a wide range of semiatomatic rifles and handguns, as well as some shotguns.
Those who have ever been hospitalized due to mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, homo or suicidal thoughts or brain disease will not be eligible to obtain a firearms license.
The psychological evaluation process will also take into account the psychological status of other members of the licensee’s household, current and former spouses, relatives and colleagues.
The full text of the bill is available here.
A spokesman for the congressional office did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.