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February 13, 2009

Bobby Rush: How About we License the Bitter Clingers?

The debate over the 'stimulus' bill is sucking up most of the oxygen in the blogosphere, but there are other bills worth keeping an eye on. HR 45 is one such bill. What would it do?

U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) recently sponsored H.R. 45, also known as "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act." The bill is, at its core and as its name implies, a licensing and registration scheme.

The measure calls for all handgun owners to submit to the federal government an application that shall include, among many other things: a photo; an address; a thumbprint; a completed, written firearm safety test; private mental health records; and a fee. And those are only some of the requirements to be licensed!

The bill would further require the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer, and owner's address in America. Moreover, the bill would make it illegal to own or possess a "qualifying firearm" -- defined as "any handgun; or any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device…" [emphasis added] without one of the proposed licenses.

Here's the text of the legislation. Rep. Rush has been unsuccessful with this bill before, but now he's got a liberal president, a huge Democratic majority and an anti-gun attorney general to help him out.

Just something to keep in mind, and a reminder that we have a lot of battles ahead.

This law has very little chance of passage, but here's an interesting little tidbit:

H.R. 45 is essentially a reintroduction of H.R. 2666, which Rush introduced in 2007. H.R. 2666 contained much of the same language as H.R. 45, and was co-sponsored by several well-known anti-gun legislators--including Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
So far, no co-sponsors, but Rush certainly has a...sympathetic ear in the White House.


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