BREAKING: Democratic Leaders Vow to Pass Background Check Bill Soon
Despite a solid defeat of all proposed federal gun control legislation in the Senate back in April, top Democrats are still pushing a federal gun control agenda.
Senator Charles Schumer (NY-D) and Representative Nancy Pelosi brought the issue back up recently in public statements.
According to the TheHill.com,
“We have the same conditions now that we had back then, which we didn’t really have even five years ago,” Schumer said during a press conference in the Capitol commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
“So we’re going to pass this law,” he added. “We are going to finish the job and pass background checks and then move on and do other things we have to do to get guns off the streets and stop gun violence.”
“I believe if the bill were taken up in the House that it would pass. And when it passes the House, some senators … would no longer have the excuse, ‘It’s no use my risking my political career because it’s not going anyplace in the House,’ ” Pelosi said. “Let’s turn that around, pass it in the House and just put the pressure on to take up the bill. Why not?”
Currently, many states do allow individuals to buy and sell guns with other individuals without a background check. However, anyone in the business of dealing guns, must run a background check on all buyers. States are currently free to pass their own background check laws on private transactions, which some, such as New York and California, have opted to do.
The background check bill that failed in the Senate earlier this year would require background checks for all transfers of guns between individuals. Even gifts in some cases.
Calfornia Rep Mike Thompson, who has his own background check bill in the House is spouting overwhelming support for expanded background checks,
“Ninety percent of the American people believe in background checks. It’s not a courageous vote to make,” Thompson said. “Will it solve every issue? No. But it is, in fact, our first line of defense. … It’s the one thing government can do.”
However, according to our own in-house poll, 88% of 8,000+ respondents oppose expanded background checks. Yes, we know that since we are a pro-gun site those results will be skewed from the general population, but it does show that the 90% figure being touted by anti-gun lawmakers simply can’t be correct.
Thompson’s bill has 185 co-sponsors.