Congressional Democrats Introduce National Gun Registration and Licensing Act

On Wednesday, congressional Democrats introduced bills to the House and the Senate that would establish a “system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms” and “a record of sale system for those firearms” that would create a national registry for firearm sales and transfers in the United States and broadly prohibit the sale or transfer of guns to anyone without a federal license.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced the House version of the bill, H.R. 6024, while Sen. Tammy Duckworth (also of Illinois) introduced the Senate version of the bill, S. 3002.

Although the exact text of the proposed bills is not yet available to the public, Rush has put forth similar legislation in the past. Back in 2009, Rush introduced “Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act,”which proposed the establishment of a national firearm licensing system for gun owners and a federal registry of gun sales and transfers. According to the text of the proposed legislation, Americans without licenses would not be able to legally possess or buy most types of firearms. In fact, the guns that qualified for these licensing and registration systems were to include “(i) any handgun; or (ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device,” except for antique guns.


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