The House just passed two new gun control measures. HR 1446 expands background checks, increasing the maximum wait time from three days to 10. HR 8 requires a background check for every firearms sale and requires (with some exceptions) nearly every transfer of possession of firearms to go through a federal firearms license holder. It would essentially criminalize friends trading guns back and forth unless they went through the FBI every time.
Chuck Schumer has vowed to bring HR 8 to a vote in the Senate. He will likely try to pass it as a filibuster-proof, simple majority budget reconciliation bill, even though it has zero to do with budgeting. So if you’re a West Virginia gun owner, you’d better let Sen. Joe Manchin know how you feel about this.
Two Republicans voted for HR 1446, and eight voted for HR 8. You can learn their names and more about these bills here:
As usual, proponents of these bills didn’t consider that all the background check laws already on the books have never deterred career criminals, who mostly get their guns on the black market. Mass shooters tend to have clean records before they pull an insane act, or they have red flags that fall through the cracks and go unnoticed because the system is already so overwhelmed with countless repetitive background checks for law-abiding citizens. The obvious solution: add more laws that overload the system and inconvenience law-abiding citizens even more. It’s gotta work this time!