WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House passed two bills related to gun control on Thursday, both in the area of background checks.
It is the first step of many that the Democrats and Biden administration are expected to take in their efforts to overhaul the nation’s gun control laws.
What Bills Were Passed?
The first bill, which won with a vote of 227 to 203, “prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.”
The second bill, which won with a vote of 219 to 210, “increases the amount of time, from 3 business days to a minimum of 10 business days, that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a completed background check prior to transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person.”
What Happens Next?
The bills will now move to the Senate, where they’re expected to face heavy opposition from Republicans. They are unlikely to gain the 60-vote minimum required to pass it.
What Does This Mean for Gun Owners?
These bills (and related firearm news) should be monitored by gun owners. If passed, they represent major changes in the firearm industry and pave the way for future gun control legislation.
If they don’t pass, they give the public a clearer view of the real opinions of Senate members. They also serve as a good indication of the direction the new administration will be taking moving forward.
The NRA issued the following statement:
“These bills are a transparent attempt by gun control advocates in Congress to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans under the guise of addressing the violent criminal culture in America. The truth, however, is that neither of these bills will do anything to solve that problem. By giving full power to unelected government bureaucrats to indefinitely delay and prevent lawful firearm transfers, H.R. 1446 could ultimately destroy the Second Amendment rights guaranteed to every law-abiding American by turning it into a privilege enjoyed by a select few. H.R. 8, so called “universal” background checks, cannot be enforced without a federal gun registry, will not prevent crime, and will turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals for simply loaning a firearm to friends or family members. If Congress is serious about the safety of law-abiding citizens, it should have passed concealed carry reciprocity so that Americans can safeguard themselves and their families across state lines and throughout our country during these dangerous times.”
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