A group of Democrats in Congress have filed legislation that seeks to set highly restrictive standards for handgun ownership.
The Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2021, if passed, will make it a requirement that any handgun owner be over the age of 21 and get a license. This license would require that any would-be handgun owner give a copy of their fingerprints/photos over to the government, clear a background check, and complete an approved firearms training class. This license would also have to be renewed every 5 years.
“Our government requires registration and basic standards for voting, operating a vehicle, even opening a business,” said U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat who is a sponsor of the bill. “Yet, for weapons created with the single intent to take a life, we have developed a dangerous aversion to any mechanism to understand where and with whom these weapons reside.”
Going past the licensing requirement, the bill would direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish a system for the “registration of all handguns owned, possessed, or controlled in the United States.”
Penalties for non-compliance would include fines and the possibility of imprisonment.
The glaring problem with implementation is that the proposal’s scope may be impossible due to the simple scale of how many handguns are in American homes.
Like most gun legislation this targets you! The law abiding citizen. Criminals who routinely use handguns in crime likely acquired their handgun’s illegally, criminals are not going to follow this law just as they did not follow the law while getting a handgun.