Newton, NC – H.R. 130, formally called the “Kimberly Vaughan Firearm Safe Storage Act,” introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), aims to require firearms to be stored in federally approved “lockboxes.”

According to the bill submitted by Representative Jackson on January 4, 2021, firearm owners who obtained any gun affected by interstate commerce are required to comply. 

Other notable items contained within include:

  1. Residences with minors under the age of 18;
  2. The U.S. Attorney General must approve safes;
  3. Violations that do not result in the discharge of a firearm resulting in a minimum of a $5,000 fine;
  4. Violations that result in the discharge of a firearm carry a minimum of a $50,000 fine – a maximum of $100,000.

This is the second bill introduced by Representative Jackson since the swearing-in of the 117th Congress. Jackson also introduced on January 4th H.R. 127 (Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act) to require a national registry for all firearms and ammunition. 

Currently, both H.R. 127 and H.R. 130 sit before the House Judiciary Committee for review.

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