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House Passes Two Bills For Universal Background Checks

The bills would mandate background checks on all gun purchases

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The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed two bills on Thursday that would mandate background checks on all gun purchases and prolong the time federal officials may delay the purchase while they perform the background check.

The first bill, H.R. 8 would expand background checks on those attempting to purchase or transfer firearms. H.R. 1446, which is titled the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, would eliminate the requirement for federal officials to complete the background check within three days or the purchase would go through, allowing the purchase to be delayed indefinitely while the background check was completed.

The House voted 227-203 in favor of H.R. 8 with eight Republicans siding with House Democrats. H.R. 1446 passed with a slimmer margin of 219-210. The bills are now heading to the Senate where they are expected to fail due to lack of enough support to clear the 60-vote threshold of a Republican filibuster.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) responded to the legislation in a statement, claiming they “are a transparent attempt by gun control advocates in Congress to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans under the guise of addressing the violent criminal culture in America.”

The NRA states that “H.R. 8, so-called ‘universal’ background checks, cannot be enforced without a federal gun registry, will not prevent crime, and will turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals for simply loaning a firearm to friends or family members.”

“H.R. 1446 could ultimately destroy the Second Amendment rights guaranteed to every law-abiding American by turning it into a privilege enjoyed by a select few,” they added.

“If Congress is serious about the safety of law-abiding citizens, it should have passed concealed carry reciprocity so that Americans can safeguard themselves and their families across state lines and throughout our country during these dangerous times,” the NRA concluded.

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  1. American Patriot

    March 12, 2021 at 10:06 am

    While stronger background checks may help keep guns from the hands of those who would do crime with them, the idea to endlessly hold up the process equates to the identical thing we are witnessing with illegals entering our country. Immigration needs a major overhaul to expediate the process, but it has not occurred. It takes so long for those wanting to come here legally that they are willing to break the law to do it. Same thing will apply with guns. Those who can’t get them legally will pursue other avenues if they have a questionable motive for wanting a gun. This is not the answer…it is overkill and merely creating another problem.

  2. Mark Connolly

    March 12, 2021 at 10:40 am

    The gun grabbin commies aught to try enforcing the laws. There is a law for any type of misuse of a firearm. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE

  3. Thomas Brown

    March 12, 2021 at 11:05 am

    The “Bill of Rights” does not mean at the whim of the Govt. The 2nd Amendment was to allow us to defend our selves, against a Govt. (political party)gone crazy. Someone needs to send Queen Pelosi a copy of the Constitution and make her take and pass a competency test. If she needs it in Spanish one can be provided.

  4. CrustyOldGeezer

    March 12, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    GUN CONTROL… AGAIN? (he asked incredulously)
    A better plan would be

    FIREARMS TRAINING K-12!

    Teach everybody everything there is to know about all types of weaponry, what damage they cause and how to safely handle them.

    Even starting the next school year, high school graduates could walk off the stage with a diploma AND A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT!

    The Military and Police would have fully trained marksmen.

    With ever increasing numbers of the population being armed, the criminal element will slip back into the shadow and never return.

    ALL crimes from petty crimes to rapes and Murders will drop.

    Overbearing attitudes will fade and People will be more CIVIL to each other.

    The NEED for large police departments will fade as the crime rates drop.

    The ONLY DOWNSIDE would be the LOSS OF POWER THROUGH FEAR BY THE LEFT .

    • Tom Samuelson

      March 12, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      This comment is spot on!!! Thank You!!! The old cliche holds true!!!
      When guns are outlawed only Outlaws will have guns!!! The Dems are out of control!!!

  5. Marco

    March 12, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Can someone please define “Stronger Background Checks” You can’t, because there’s no such thing. A background check is a background check. Every gun sale has a background check done on it. This insanity that the libs are pushing is for registration and confiscation. We all know it. The sheep who know NOTHING about firearms, including the process of buying one, the 2A, and self-defense, fall right in line with this stupidity because they think it sounds reasonable. Same thing with the “Assualt Weapon” term. Why don’t you have a Demonrat explain to you what and “Assault Weapon” is before you go blindly banning something that isn’t available to the general public if there was such a thing. The military would be the ones that would use any kind of auto fire weapon legally. You CANNOT purchase an “Assault Weapon” from the local gun shop. You want to be the first idiot to go into a gun store and ask to purchase one? Please let me know what store you go to so I can video it and post it for the whole world to see you being laughed out of said gun store. Don’t fall for the tyrants drivel.

  6. Jeff

    March 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    A well regulated Militia (COMMA), being necessary to the security of a free State, (COMMA) the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms shall not be INFRINGED.

    It is obvious that most in Congress do not know how to read English…. all these Knotheads want to do is INFRINGE on the Right of the PEOPLE!

  7. Ted

    March 18, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    “…allowing the purchase to be delayed indefinitely”

    Unconstitutional. They would just create an “office” for approving requests, and that office would never approve anything, circumventing the constitution.

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Got Lunch? Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted to Hide Classified Docs in Peanut Butter Sandwich

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One of the Navy’s nuclear engineers “with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday” reports the Associated Press.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Jonathan Toebbe, 42, who was arrested with his wife, Diana, 45, in West Virginia. The Justice Department says Toebbe placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop”.

“The FBI recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich, court documents say. The records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors” reports the AP.

Toebbe faces espionage-related charges for trying to sell government secrets to a contact he believed represented a foreign power for almost an entire year. The Navy declined to comment Sunday, and “the FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to that country operations manuals, performance reports and other sensitive information.”

Authorities say the FBI used Toebbe’s outreach to begin the almost yearlong operation. An undercover agent emailed with Toebbe for weeks and eventually sent him about $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a sign of good faith and trust.

Toebbe’s package had a return address in Pittsburgh and “Was obtained by the FBI last December through its legal attaché office in the unspecified foreign country” reports the AP. “The court documents don’ explain how the FBI came to receive the package or from whom.”

The package also included a letter that said, “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

Only weeks later, agents watched Toebbe make the drop at an agreed-upon location in West Virginia, “with Diana Toebbe appearing to serve as a lookout for her husband during a dead-drop operation for which the FBI paid $20,000.”

The Associated Press reports:

The Justice Department describes those submarines as “cruise missile fast-attack submarines, which incorporate the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.” The memory card also included a typed message that said, in part: “I hope your experts are very happy with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a small exchange to grow our trust.”

The FBI conducted similar dead-drop exchanges over the next several months, including one in August in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid roughly $70,000. In that instance, prosecutors say, he concealed in a chewing gum package a memory card that contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine.

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CA Signs Law Requiring Large Retailers to Have Gender-Neutral Toy and Child-Care Sections

The new law applies to any CA retail store with more than 500 employees

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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a “final batch of legislative actions weighed for the year.” Among them is a new law that will take effect in 2024, mandating all retail stores with 500 or more employees must have a gender-neutral toy and child-care product section.

California became the first state to adopt such a law. The Los Angeles Times reports the stores “must sell some toys and child-care products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender. Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child-care goods in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose to.”

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell, introduced the legislation to steer the retail industry away from marketing children’s products under “traditional gender” stereotypes; meaning “boy” and “girl.”

Low said the daughter of one of his staff members inspired the bill when the girl questioned why she had to go to the boys section to find certain toys, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense. I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”

“Part of it is to make sure if you’re a young girl that you can find a police car, fire truck, a periodic table or dinosaur,” said Low. “And then similarly, if you’re a boy if you’re more artistic and want to play with glitter, why not? Why should you feel the stigma of saying ‘Oh, this should be shamed’ and going to a different location?” added Low.

Professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Campbell Leaper, claims “we know from a variety of different research once they have those categories in their heads and if you label something for girls or boys, children will often ignore it if it’s labeled for the other gender.”

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