TX to Introduce Gun Storage and Safety Devices for All Firearms Act of 2013

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D) of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and the House Judiciary Committee announced that she would introduce the Gun Storage and Safety Devices for All Firearms Act of 2013.

The bill would “make it unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to sell, transfer, or deliver any firearm to any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer) unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.”

People who violate the law could have their gun license suspended or revoked and could face up to $10,000 in charges.

What is peculiar about this bill is that (based on Lee’s description) gun owners would not be legally required to actually use the storage device. Gun owners will have to wait to see what for the official language of the bill, but Lee’s announcement leaves gun owners with important questions.

Would the gun and the gun storage device need to be in the same building at all times? Would the gun owner need to bring the gun storage device to the gun dealership? Will gun owners be penalized for not locking up a weapon? Can a gun owner purchase a single gun lock despite the fact that he has dozens of guns?

This bill is likely to meet opposition from the gun rights crowd. The bill would be somewhat difficult to enforce because the government has no way of knowing where a gun owner keeps his gun storage device and how frequently he uses it. More importantly, the bill would effectively act as a tax on gun owners.

Congresswoman Lee writes, “We must work tirelessly to create an environment in this country that lifts the psychological burden of violence off the shoulders of our kids.”

Lee's bill could theoretically reduce the number of accidental gun deaths involving children, but the big question is whether the government can reasonably enforce something that is so difficult to monitor. What good is requiring a gun safe when there is no way of telling whether or no it is being used?

Source: Your Houston News


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