One of the priorities identified by Nancy Pelosi in her campaign to become Speaker of the House following the Democrats’ historic victory in the 2018 mid-term election was gun control. So, it should come as no surprise that the House will vote on, and likely pass, two major pieces of anti-gun-rights legislation this week.
The first bill is the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 — aka H.R.8 in recognition of the eighth anniversary of the shooting of the former Rep. Gabby Giffords in January 2001. The bill was co-sponsored by five Republicans:
- Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) – 26% (F) Liberty Score®
- Pete King (NY) – 22% (F) Liberty Score®
- Brian Mast (FL) – 46% (F) Liberty Score®
- Christopher Smith (NJ) – 34% (F) Liberty Score®
- Fred Upton (MI) – 24% (F) Liberty Score®
Under the BBCA, a federal background check will not only be required on all gun sales, including private sales, it will also be required for the private transfer of firearms. Have a friend or relative who would like to borrow your firearm for an upcoming hunting trip? That will no longer be legal without a federal background check.
The second bill is the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.1112), a bill that eliminates the requirement that background checks be completed in three days and extends it for up to twenty business days. Due to some confusion with the fine print in this bill, along with some mushy provisions in the Fix NICS law that Trump and the GOP buried within the March 2018 omnibus, this measure will give the federal government unfettered power to block public and private gun sales and transfers.
While Trump, the GOP, and their friends at FOX News will chalk this up as further evidence of Far-Left extremism, the simple fact remains that they support Pelosi’s anti-gun agenda. In a White House meeting held just after the mid-terms, Trump endorsed the increasingly popular Red Flag Law, telling Democrats that the government should be able to take guns from private citizens “whether they have the right or not” and if necessary, government should “take the guns first, go through due process second.”
When it comes to Red Flag Laws — aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders or ERPOs — Republicans in the Senate have been working to expand government’s power to seize the weapons of law-abiding citizens without due process.
Sen. Lindsey Graham co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal that would federalize ERPOs and give the federal courts jurisdiction over the states. And Sen. Marco Rubio recently re-introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Protection Act, a bill that would use federal funds to pay states to pass ERPO laws.
Whether the two background check bills make it through Congress or not is irrelevant. The real issue we should be focusing on is how such laws are being considered in the first place … and how there is so little resistance to tyranny in Washington.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are also featured on NOQReport.com.
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