House Democrats plan to prioritize law requiring background checks for all gun sales when they take power in January.

By |2018-12-05T08:20:45-08:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Courtesy of Mother Jones

House Democrats plan to prioritize a bill that will require a background check for every gun sale, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The legislation represents an aggressive shift in strategy by Democrats and their gun reform allies, who in previous years had tended to pursue more modest background check bills that would have exempted large numbers of gun purchases.

Federal law currently only requires licensed firearm retailers, such as gun stores or hunting shops, to run the would-be buyer through the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. This means any firearms purchased outside those venues—on the internet or from a private dealer at a gun show, for instance—can be sold without taking that step. According to a 2017 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which was funded in part by supporters of gun control, 22 percent of US gun owners obtained a firearm without a background check over the past two years.

Attempts to strengthen background checks have languished at the federal level since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead. In the wake of the massacre, the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan measure sponsored by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) that would have partially closed the private gun sale loophole but would not have required background checks when family and friends wanted to sell firearms to one another. Though Manchin proclaimed at the time that “if you’re a law-abiding gun owner, you’ll love this bill,” an intense lobbying campaign by the National Rifle Association destroyed its prospects.

Since then, legislation that echoes the Manchin-Toomey provisions has languished in the GOP-controlled Congress. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.) have reintroduced the measure twice in the last four years, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) refused to bring the bill up for a vote—even as it racked up 208 co-sponsors, including 14 Republicans.

But with Ryan leaving Congress and Democrats winning control of the House, Thompson now plans to introduce a bill that will go further than any of those earlier proposals: It will require a background check for every gun sale or transfer, regardless of who’s doing the selling or transferring. The move has been in the works since before the election, when Thompson met with outside gun reform allies like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Center for American Progress, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Giffords to talk about what they might push for if Democrats won the House.

This makes sense due to the fact that a number of newly elected House Democrats ran on stricter gun control legislation. 

And this is a regulation that is long overdue if we ever want to decrease the number of gun deaths in this country. 

Hopefully, a ban on military-style assault weapons is not far behind.

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  1. anonymous December 6, 2018 at 7:22 am

    “John Ullyot, the VA’s assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, “sought to silence” Georgia Coffey, “a nationally recognized expert in workplace diversity and race relations.”

    Coffey had wanted to send out the statement because many – 40 percent – of the VA’s 380,000 employees are minorities”

  2. Anonymous December 6, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Not going anywhere.

    If the Democrats keep pushing this, expect to lose all the gains from the mid-terms.

    • meow December 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Sad. But true. And it sickens me.

      Here is how the intro of the bill should read:

      “Do you pray to a separate god? If yes, ineligible for gun ownership.”

      It is the belief iteself in a separate god which is the original error that there is separation of any kind: between man and man, and man and nature, and man and god, and god and nature. Mental affliction results from this error.

      A humorless fundamentalism will not replace the missing imagination.

  3. anonymous December 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Background checks, really? Waste of time. What, exactly, in a background check will predict who’ll snap next?

  4. Anon December 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    “The House still retains the right to decide who is seated. That is one of the powers of the House of Representatives,” Pelosi told reporters. “Any member-elect can object to the seating and swearing-in of another member-elect. We’ll see how that goes.”

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