One would hope and expect that the recent violence and looting – and the panic buying of firearms and ammunition that resulted – will effectively preclude any major U.S. firearm control legislation for the next several years. Nevertheless, members need to be aware of legislation stealthily making its way through Congress hidden by the pandemic and other recent events.
HR 5717 was introduced in January and a largely identical bill also has been introduced in the Senate. Key provisions of the proposed legislation (in no particular order) include:
Effectively renews the previously expired Assault Weapons Ban and prohibits possession of such firearms or magazines having a capacity exceeding 10 rounds. Grandfathers some existing ownership.
Limits firearm purchases to one in every 30 days.
Sales of firearms shall be subject to an excise tax of 30% and ammunition sales will be taxed at 50%.
Requires a Federal Firearms License to possess or own any firearm or ammunition.
Must be issued or denied within 40 days of application.
Must be 21 years old to obtain a license.
License is valid for ten (10) years.
Issuance is subject primarily to the existing restrictions requiring background checks, etc.
Time for existing background checks is extended from 3 to 7 days and reporting of denials is required.
License may be suspended or revoked by showing only that:
“reliable, articulable, and credible information that the individual has exhibited or engaged in behavior to suggest the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety”
Specifically bans untraceable or ghost guns.
Further restricts the sale and ownership of suppressors.
Sales by individuals may be made only to or through an FFL.
Owners must provide secure storage and locking devices as specified in the act. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the firearm.
Provides for “extreme risk protection orders” that will allow ex parte seizure of firearms.
The full text of HR 5717 can be found at:
I realize the Forum is meant to be non-political and Administrators will remove this post if not appropriate. I believe, however, that it is important for members to know about this most recent attempt to limit their rights.