Today, gun-grabbers in the House of Representatives held their first major vote on gun control legislation in years.
They voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks for all firearm sales, including private transactions and purchases made online and at gun shows. Currently, only federally licensed firearms dealers, importers, and manufacturers are required to conduct background checks on customers under federal law. Twenty states and D.C. have already expanded background checks to include at least some private sales. The bill was described by NPR as "sweeping."
H.R. 8 also prohibits firearms transfers by a person who is not a licensed dealer. However, it does exclude gifts to family members and transfers for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense. A temporary transfer of a gun can also take place in situations where it's "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm."
This is just another proposed gun control measure that won't do anything to stop crime.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) wrote that H.R. 8 would impose so-called "universal" background checks, but the legislation "doesn't address how criminals actually acquire their firearms". In addition, it "creates traps for law-abiding gun owners, and it's been proven not to work," the gun rights organization explains.
Some Republicans, including Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., argue that the universal background check bill wouldn't have prevented the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, noting that the shooter passed a background check. It also wouldn't have stopped the Texas church shooting because the military didn't report the shooter when they should have.
The bill passed largely along party lines (240 to 190). Eight votes in favor came from Republicans.
H.R. 8 had 232 co-sponsors. Five are Republicans: Peter King, of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Mast of Florida, and Chris Smith of New Jersey.
Tomorrow, the House will vote on another gun control bill.
H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, will be voted on by the House tomorrow – the 25th anniversary of the day the Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks, went into effect.