OPINION: Trigger-happy gun ban will backfire

OPINION: Trigger-happy gun ban will backfire

Texas Winter, snow, ice, winter storm, rolling blackout, power outages, frigid, cold, grid, Electric Reliability Council, Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Turns Blue A sweeping gun control bill stoking red-state resistance may prove more of a blessing than a curse for Second Amendment supporters. Since Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, introduced the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act on Jan. 4, news reports have triggered a swift backlash. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cited the legislation in a recent speech, calling for the Lone Star State to declare itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary state." A similar measure has already been drafted in Alabama. Lee’s bill would require gun owners to buy liability insurance to the tune of $800 a year; institute a federal firearms registry with stiff criminal penalties for noncompliance; ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds; and require training, licensure and a psychological exam in order to own many common types of semiautomatic rifles. This Texas lawmaker’s wish list is all hat and no cattle. More than a month after filing the legislation as House Resolution 127, Lee hadn’t secured a single co-sponsor. GovTrack’s policy analytics partner Skopos Labs gives the bill a scant 3% chance of becoming law. Despite its lack of traction, the Library of Congress website ranked H.R. 127 its most-viewed bill for the last two weeks. More Americans looked up the proposed gun restrictions than read the House resolution to impeach former President Donald Trump in the days before his Senate trial.

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