Tuesday, April 14, 2009

H.R. 45 "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing & Record Of Sale Act Of 2009"

Whether it’s hunting or protecting our families and property, the right to keep and bear arms plays an important role in the lives of many Americans. Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from buying, possessing and using firearms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

However, the Obama administration sees it differently--

In January the “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2007” was revived as “H.R. 45, “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009,” Once again sponsored by Representative Bobby Rush (D. IL).

This bill contains sweeping gun control measures such as universal background checks, a federal firearm licensing requirement and the creation of a firearms tracking system!

In addition to the new licensing regulations, this legislation also requires gun owners to inform law enforcement within 72 hours if their gun is lost or stolen. Failure to report a lost or stolen gun will result in criminal charges against the gun owner. Also, if a child uses the gun to harm them self or someone else, the gun owner will be held legally responsible.

Gun owners would no longer be able to sell firearms at gun shows, garage sales, estate sales or to a friend a relative, or even their spouse, without involving a licensed dealer.

But most disturbing, H.R. 45 authorizes the federal government to create a massive database containing sales records for every gun sold in America. If this bill is passed, the federal government would know the make, model, and serial number of every gun you own. This information is not and never has been of significant use in the solving of crimes. The only conceivable application of such data is to allow for confiscation!

The real purpose of this bill is to provide a back handed approach to depriving American’s of their Second Amendment rights. The strict licensing, registration and reporting requirements unfairly burden law-abiding citizens while doing little to prevent guns from falling into criminal hands!

If H.R. 45 passes, any person applying for a firearms license would need to complete an application containing the following information:

  1. A passport-sized photograph
  2. The name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant.
  3. A clear thumb print of the applicant
  4. A certification by the applicant that he/she will keep the firearm secure from any minor children, and stating the method of storage.
  5. Applicants must complete a training class and an examination on the safe storage and handling of firearms, the risks associated with possessing a firearm, the legal responsibilities of the owner, etc.
  6. A sworn statement that the applicant is not prohibited from possessing a firearm (due to a felony conviction, etc.).
  7. The application process also requires a review of any mental health records by a representative of the Attorney General.
  8. And a fee not to exceed $25.

Licenses must be renewed every five years. And if a gun owner is denied a license, it is likely that their firearms will be seized and possibly destroyed.

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