On 14 February, 2018 a gunman walked into Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Parkland, Florida and killed 17 people and wounded 17 others. The tragedy led many people to call for stricter gun control, but the Republican congress recognized that the proposals put forward by Democrats were unconstitutional and would have done little to prevent the shooting.
On the three-year anniversary of the shooting, President Joe Biden doubles down on his effort to implement stricter gun control measures that claims will help prevent gun violence by targeting legal gun owners.
In a statement released by the White House, the current administration called for congress to enact stricter gun control measures.
Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.whitehouse.gov
While they use the phrase “commonsense gun law reforms,” many of the proposals are far from that and unconstitutional as well.
Joe Biden laid out some of his gun control plans during his campaign. which included a proposal to tax firearms dubbed “Assault rifle.” Gun owners would either have the choice to register their firearms with a complicated 13-page form and be subject to a $200 tax per firearm, as well as per magazine.
A gun control bill, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is currently making its way through congress. That bill includes draconian requirements to own a gun including an interview from your ex-wife or ex-husband if you want to own an “assault rifle” You can read a synopsis of the bill HERE.
None of the proposals with the exception of Shelia Jackson Lee’s address what will happen to the millions of current gun owners who own modern sporting rifles. Under her proposal if you fail to comply with the new law you would face fines that are a minimum of $75,000 and a maximum of $150,000, and all but one violation carries jail time. The shortest minimum jail time is 10 years and the maximums are 25 years.
These proposals will cause millions of legal, law abiding gun owners to become criminals over night.