Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 -- BILL HR 45

1/6/2009--Introduced. Sponsored by: Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1]

Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.
Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.
(1) transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions;
(2) a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
(3) failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours;
(4) failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or
(5) keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.
Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act.
Directs the Attorney General to:
(1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse;
(2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and
(3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer.
Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems.

This is a synopsis of the entire bill:
You will have to carry a photo ID firearms license.
A training class is required to be licensed.
Disclosure of your storage method is required for license.
A thumb print is required for license.
Every sale recorded by the federal government.
If you move, and don't tell the Attorney General within 60 days, you are a criminal.
If a firearm is stolen and you don't report it, you are a criminal.
There will be no grandfathered firearms.
If you do not obtain a license and report every firearm you currently own, you are a criminal.
There will be a license fee and a fee for the "services" provided at purchase time.
Licenses must be renewed every 5 years.



The Merry Widow said...

They are really trying to shove us into a totalitarian society, will we or nill we...
hitler and stalin would be proud of this idjit!


Chuck said...

This is how this group will work for the next 2 years, stealth. They can't get rid of the pesky 2nd amendment so they will make it almost impossible to own a firearm. This won't be the last time we see this tactic.

Brooke said...

This stuff is going to come fast and furious for the next four years, and it will be up to us to try and stop it.


Brooke said...

Emails away.

Always On Watch said...

Stock up now via private and untraceable sales!

Ducky's here said...

Other than point 4, I don't see why you have an objection.

Anyway, why buy a useless firearm when I could use the money to buy another lens or a speed load film magazine?

Leslie said...

Ah the beauty of transparency. So glad this administration is keeping promises.

Papa: Nice post! Funny we did the same topic!

Papa Frank said...

Exactly, Ducky. I think it's great that you get to spend YOUR money on what YOU want and keep that private. All I'm asking is to do the same thing when I legally buy a gun.

I.H.S. said...

Papa, correct me if I'm wrong but this seems to make it a lot easier to know who's house to go to first, right?

Leslie said...

I.H.S. That is probably the best comment on this whole issue.

Ducky's here said...

Well, not exactly , Frank.

If a gang banger boosts my Eclair and a speed mag he may decide to make a documentary or sell it to someone who will.

I'd be pretty unhappy loosing it but it wouldn't be the end of the world.

Now what happens if he boosts your firearms? That might give "speed mag" a whole different meaning.

So there are conditions that reasonably attach to your purchase which just don't apply to mine.

Ducky's here said...

For instance. Most of the weaponry on the Mexican side of the drug wars is procured at Texas gun show.

Yet you don't want reasonable point of sale checks.

It confounds me.

Papa Frank said...

I am all in favor of point of sale gun checks. I have gone through many and never felt bad for doing so. However, your answer here is the EXACT problem. You want to put the fault on ME for having a gun instead of on the gang banger for stealing it. How about the left get their idiot lawyer attack dogs off of the cops and stop getting gang bangers off the hook for some small loophole in the law. How about supporting the death sentence for gang bangers who have stolen a gun and committed a crime. It is nobody's business how many guns I have or what guns I have or how I store my guns or if they are loaded or unloaded. By putting all my guns on a national register you will have just created a hit list for an unfriendly government (in a future time) or a shopping list for criminals who hack the system. As long as my record stays clear then there is no reason to track my guns.

Leslie said...

Well said Frank! The more laws on gun ownership only tie down lawful citizens. Criminals don't go through these hoops and la-la. So the laws only make it harder for lawful citizens to attain guns, use guns, and keep them. Criminals have no problem getting them. Criminals are for more regulations because it means less citizens will own guns, which makes their jobs easier when they want to commit a crime, especially home invasions. And when there are such intense restrictions on how you have to store your guns, that makes criminals happy too, because they know they can get into your home and do what they want long before you can get access to your firearm.

Look at Australia. They banned all guns which kept them out of the hands of normal citizens. The criminals were able to get them and their crime rate went sky high. Look at D.C. They have topped the charts as the highest crime area in our country. And guess what? Guns are banned in D.C. (although I think it recently has been overturned.)

Just keep in mind that when you ban or highly restrict firearms you make the crime rate go HIGHER.

*Sidenote: Ducky, is photography your hobby or profession? I am interested in photography and play around with it myself. :D

Anonymous said...

"Civil disobedience is the assertion of a right which law should give but which it denies."


They can pass whatever laws they want to. I will not comply.

The Merry Widow said...

Hermit-Hear, hear!


Papa Frank said...

Hermit is right as usual.

Brooke said...

Here is the response I got from my Senator:

Dear Brooke:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 45. It is good to hear from you.

As you may know, H.R. 45 was introuduced by Representative Bobby Rush (D-NJ) on January 6, 2009 and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. H.R. 45 would amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this act or a state system certified under this act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. H.R. 45 would further prohibit transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number.

During my service in Congress I have been a consistent supporter of the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, many politicians and activists have tried to exploit tragedies like school shootings to advance certain agendas that include marginalizing the very property rights upon which our free republic was founded. Please be assured that I oppose any further restrictions on our Second Amendment rights and any attempts by certain agenda-driven organizations to diminish the Second Amendment's importance.

Please rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill reach the House floor for a vote. Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts. Please don't hesitate to inform me of your concerns in the future. To sign up for email updates, I invite you to visit my website at http://johnboehner.house.gov/Forms/Form/?ID=89.

Papa Frank said...

Brooke -- Sounds like you have a decent person there. I got a response from Claire McCaskil and I'll copy it here later on if I still have it in my email. She was much less supportive (to say the least).

Papa Frank said...

Here it is:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Frank:

Thank you for contacting me regarding gun safety. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the chance to respond.

Over the past year, a number of tragic shootings have occurred throughout the nation. As these incidents refocus national attention on the gun safety debate, we should strive to achieve common ground on the issue and we must take great care not to politicize the suffering of others.

Protecting innocent victims while at the same time protecting the gun ownership rights of law-abiding citizens is obviously still a work in progress. As a former prosecutor, I think we must do a better job on background checks for court-determined, dangerous mental conditions at the time of all gun sales. Also, I think we should consider placing certain restrictions on assault weapons and closing the gun show loophole. However, it is important that any attempt to promote appropriate gun safety measures must not infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ right to own firearms or unduly burden the hunting and sportsmanship culture of Missouri. As your United States Senator, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind anytime Congress considers gun safety legislation.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding other matters of interest or concern to you.

All best,
Senator Claire McCaskill

Anonymous said...

HR 45 or no HR 45 . . .if someone breaks into my house . . .he gets shot!

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