Two House Democrats have introduced new legislation that will infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of American citizens by setting up a federal firearms licensing system that would feature all gun sales and transfers.
In other words, the government would have a master list of every gun owner in America and the weapons they have in their possession, because, you know, nothing evil could ever come of the government knowing the names and addresses of every person who is armed, right?
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced the bill after a recent wave of school shootings, but he has introduced similar bills in past congresses.Advertisement - story continues below
The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act would prohibit unlicensed gun ownership, and would require a valid firearms license for transferring and receiving guns. It would require universal background checks for all sales and transfers of guns, and would make it easier for state and federal officials to trace guns.
It would direct the U.S. attorney general to create and maintain a “federal record of sale” system.Trending:
Rush’s office said the bill would protect people from the “unreasonable risk of injury and death” associated with the unrecorded sale and transfer of guns to unlicensed people.
“Americans are demanding that Congress take real action to prevent gun violence and we must address this issue head on and do our part to prevent the senseless mass killings and shooting deaths in cities across this nation,” he said.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has also introduced a companion bill in the Senate saying, “We owe it to the countless and growing number of firearm violence victims to take action. I don’t want my daughters to have to grow up in a country that won’t protect them from firearm violence, which is why I’m proud to join Congressman Rush in this effort and we will keep pushing until all of America’s children are safe.”
It’s an incredibly bad idea to allow the government to have a list of names and weapons owned by American citizens who desire to exercise their Second Amendment right to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
The whole purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that every citizen possess the means to oppose a tyrannical oppressive government. Handing them a list like this would be defeating the whole purpose of having this right protected in the first place.
Let’s hope this dies a quick death in Congress.
Source: The Washington Examiner