Two bills demanding stricter gun background checks pass House, head to Senate

Two bills passed the House on Thursday that were meant to make gun background checks stricter, with a small number of Republicans joining Democrats in favor of the measures. 

Democrats described The Bipartisan Background Checks Act as a bill that would “utilize the current background checks process” to keep individuals prohibited from possessing a gun from getting one.

What it really does is require unlicensed gun dealers and private sellers to do background checks before selling or transferring a gun to someone. In other words, if I want to sell a gun to my friend, I would have to have a dealer do a background check for me before I could sell it or even give it to them.

Transfers between spouses would not require a background check under the legislation.

Bill passes House, but may get stuck in Senate

Eight Republicans voted for this bill, and one Democrat voted against it, so that it passed 227-203.

“We shouldn’t need a pandemic to reduce gun violence in this country. The way to do that ought to be through passing commonsense gun safety legislation through Congress to make it harder for deadly firearms to get into the hands of those who cannot bear them responsibly,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said.

He also claimed that nine out of 10 Americans supported the idea behind the bill, which is debatable.

But Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) argued that the bill wouldn’t really prevent shootings because most people who commit crimes with guns don’t get their guns legally. Furthermore, he said the bill could prevent people from getting guns they need to protect themselves.

Second bill passes on nearly party line vote

The second bill, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, would lengthen the current three-day waiting period for background checks to 10 days.

It passed by a much closer 219-210 vote, with two Republicans and two Democrats breaking ranks with their parties in their votes.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) introduced the bill and said it would have prevented a shooter from shooting nine people in a black church in 2015, one of which was a pastor and former intern of Clyburn.

It is unlikely that either of these bills can get 10 or more Republicans to support them in the Senate, which means they will not pass there. For as long as the filibuster remains intact, we will be able to hold at least some of Democrats’ radical agenda at bay.

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  1. This unconstitutional move by these feckless criminals is going to do nothing but lead to bloodshed like has never been seen. It will be a cold day in hell before I ever give up my guns.

    1. It is comforting to make note that every one of the National Guard now guarding the fenced in Congress took a solemn oath at enlistment to “Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.”

      Note that the oath is to the Constitution, not the majority party, or some elected official.

      The Second Article of the Bill of Rights is about the God given Right to Self Defense. It states “Bear Arms” it does not state what those arms are to be, or how many a Citizen may have.

    2. Let’s roll, brother. Come and get them if you have the wuevos. These fools are splitting the country further and starting a bloody civil war.

  2. Why don’t you tell us who the 8 Republican traitors were? This was Trumps problem all along with these rhinos who fought his policies and Bills. They were responsible for Biden getting elected even if his election was stolen by voter fraud. The Republicans have seen the last time they will have a majority anywhere. They earned it. Goodbye America.

    1. Let us pray that Americans come together ok and realize what they are doing! They want everything! They want to tell us when to go to the bathroom and who can go with us!

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  4. Does anyone seriously think criminals will go the legal route to purchase a gun? NO! They sell among themselves, or trade or steal them, no background checks! This does NOT stop illegal firearm procurement! But it does hamper legal gun owners who want a firearm for personal protection.

  5. How can ANY person in congress be allowed to even present a bill that infringes on our second amendment right? If anyone goes against the Constitution isn’t that treason? Isn’t that a step in overthrowing a government? Congress needs schooling in the definition of infringe. It means “TO DESTROY, TO IMPAIR TO BREAK DOWN”. These laws do not protect, they infringe, they impair our ability to own a firearm.

  6. Steny Hoyer, like the majority of Demorats, is a LIAR. Please expose the votes so we know who all the rats are.

  7. Pick, pick, pick! Nibble bit-by-bit at our freedom. Unless something or someone does something about this, we will soon all have to wear dog collars with Soc. Sec. ID tags stapled to the collar. If that’s the case, it will turn me RABID!

  8. OK folks, let’s get real. This is just the beginning of disarmament of the American public. Every tyrannical government ALWAYS disarmed the people before they take over. It’s quite clear what we are seeing here. The don’t want us to have the ability to fight back. We allow this it’s all over for America.It’s coming to the time that we fight back or get destroyed!!! Live Free or Die!!!

  9. This administration is a bunch of cowards afraid of their own shadow !!! Cowards that cower at the least thing and make up things to supplement their stupid agenda !!! Laws mean nothing as this administration has proven countless times !!! Where are the true Americans ???

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