By: D. Kennedy
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is fighting to oppose a gun control bill proposed by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. The proposed Sabika Sheikh Licensing and Registration Act would make it a crime to possess firearms or ammunition without a new license. It would also require owners to pay for insurance and bans ammunition of .50 caliber or greater. They would create a national firearm registry, set the minimum gun ownership age to 21, and require licensing and psychological evaluations.
The bill gives the U.S attorney general jurisdiction over Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives licensing, as well as requiring gun owners to complete government training courses, have a clean record, and register their firearms with the federal government.
The bill would conduct a psychological evaluation process that would take into account the conditions of other members of the house, as well as current and former spouses, relatives, and associates. Anyone who has ever been hospitalized for mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, homicidal or suicidal thoughts, or with a brain disease would not be eligible for a firearms license. The local and federal law enforcement, as well as the U.S Military, would have access to all registry information.
In response to the bill, Rep. Abbott promises to “erect a complete barrier against any government office anywhere from treading gun rights and make Texas a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary state.’ He said he would continue to do the maximum and protect the rights of American citizens from any state or local government officials.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick also showed his support in opposing the gun control bill. “@SheliaJackson1 and her leftist cronies have launched an assault on #2A with a bill that includes a national gun registry, mandated federal gun & ammo licenses, new gun taxes, and limits. I will stand for freedom and #2A rights in #Texas,” he tweeted.
Democrats have tried for years to tax guns out of existence. Republicans have argued there are more than enough regulations and laws already regarding the ownership, possession, and sale of firearms. The current registry process is more than sufficient for law enforcement while still offering privacy for the dealers. Places like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C stand as proof that no amount of legislation can affect the criminal use of firearms.
At this point, it’ll be easier to obtain an illegal gun than it would be to obtain one legally.