Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has introduced a radical anti-second amendment bill to the House which would require, amongst other things, psych evaluations, 24 hours of training, and the banning of certain caliber ammunition.
H.R. 127 – The Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act, which Lee introduced on January 4th, is named for Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan who was tragically killed by fellow student Dimitrios Pagourtzis in their Santa Fe, Texas, school in May of 2018. Pagourtzis carried out his attack using his father’s Remington 870 shotgun and a .38-caliber handgun.
Rep. Lee shamelessly attaches Sheikh’s death to her bill in an attempt to garner sympathy for her cause, yet it is unlikely any of the measures proposed in her bill would have prevented Sabika’s murder. For example: H.R. 127 §932 (b) “Firearm Registration System” requires gun owners to supply the ATF with “the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored”. Furthermore, the bill prescribes that this data be made available to all Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and all State and local governments. Law enforcement knowing where Dimitrios’ father stored his guns would not have prevented his rampage. What it does do, however, is make it especially easy for the government to confiscate your firearms should they choose to do so. It is not hard to imagine the passing of this bill as a potential prelude to gun seizure. Other troubling excerpts from the bill include a “Licensing System” that would require individuals undergo a psychological evaluation, a separate “military-style weapons license” requiring at least 24 hours of training and live fire training for anyone wishing to own an AR-15 or a “semiautomatic rifle with a folding or telescoping stock and a a bayonet mount”. The price-tag associated with jumping through these hoops to exercise your second amendment right would surely fall squarely on the potential gun owner, at substantial cost no doubt, disproportionately affecting poor and minority communities.
Lee, who has served in Texas’s 18th congressional district – which covers most of central Houston – since 1995, has been lambasted for her uninformed statements regarding firearms in the past:
As most people who’ve been around rifles can tell you, even the heaviest of ARs typically top out at 12 lbs., and smaller versions often weigh in the 5-6 lb. range. Additionally, typical ammunition digested by AR-15s is of the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington caliber, which is much smaller than the .50 caliber Lee refers to her in tweet above.
H.R. 127 is a dangerous bill put fourth by a unknowledgeable U.S. Representative that should be vigorously opposed at every opportunity.