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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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8 Comments

  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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