Under the guise of making “universal background checks” mandatory, Congress is actively working on a new gun-control plot that would create a ban on all private sales of firearms and would essentially create a national gun registry.
One of the concerns gun-rights advocates should be aware of is the fact that this scheme would make it possible for the future confiscation of firearms by the government and result in countless numbers of law-abiding citizens being turned into criminals.
It is still unclear whether this radical bill is going to become law. However, while the Senate is likely going to vote it down, and the White House has threatened a veto, there are many gun-rights groups that are cautiously optimistic while still gearing to put up a fight if it becomes necessary.
Even though there is virtually no support from Republicans, the House Democrats have rammed through the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act,” also referred to as H.R. 8. This happened back on February 27th, 2019.
It is not clear right now what made the legislation considered “bipartisan,” as there were just eight GOP lawmakers and all of them were left-wing Republicans in Name Only, or RINOs, who supported the measure, and a total of 188 winded up voting against it.
There were also several Democrats who voted against the bill. Activists are now hoping that the embarrassing collapse of the expected GOP support is going to make sure that the bill dies before it makes it to the U.S. Senate.
The bill has been a real lightning rod in regard to criticism for a number of reasons. The first of which is the fact that many claim it is blatantly unconstitutional. There is no delegated authority that the feds have to regulate firearms in any way.
Also, the federal government is barred, explicitly, by the Second Amendment from being able to infringe on the right for a person to keep or to bear arms. While requiring that the government provides permission to exercise these rights is an obvious case of infringement, it isn’t an “obvious” answer like it would be if the issue involved religious freedom or the freedom of speech.
There’s another reason the legislation is considered so toxic. It would facilitate the confiscation of guns in the future. The fact is, the instant background check is, essentially, a gun registration and the government will not answer when the question is asked of how the names and addresses of those checked are being destroyed.
In fact, there are some in the government who have the “so sue us” attitude when asked this very question.
Also, the legislation may result in millions of Americans being turned into criminals according to some analysts.
For example, under the provisions of the bill to mandate a “Brady” background check before every transfer, a person who hands their firearm to a friend without first asking someone from the FBI while they are cleaning their guns together may face prison time of up to a year.
Even just giving a gun as a gift to a daughter-in-law or stepson may turn a person into a criminal under the new statute.
H.R. 8 has also been slammed by The National Rifle Association (NRA). This type of extreme bill for gun-control is going to turn law-abiding Americans into criminals.
It is also going to make it harder for good people to be able to defend themselves and their family, according to the NRA. However, criminals are still going to be able to get their firearms – just like they always have – by using the black market, straw purchases, or theft.
The NRA has made a vow to continue fighting against this type of “extreme” legislation and even issued a statement that debunked the arguments made by gun-control advocates. By forcing additional paperwork and fees on people trying to exercise their constitutional right will do nothing in the way of making the American people safer.
Most people are pretty happy that the Republicans didn’t budge on this matter. Also, the few who actually supported the bill will likely be targeted by various gun-rights advocates in upcoming elections.
The Republicans who are on this list include Brian Fitzpatrick, Fred Upton, Chris Smith, Will Hurd, Peter King, Maria Diaz-Balart, Brian Mast, and Vernon Buchanan.