Kirsters Baish| It has been reported by Breitbart News that Democrats in the House of Representatives are preparing to introduce new legislation that would criminalize the private sale of firearms.
It was reported by Mother Jones that Democratic California Representative Mike Thompson had a meeting with multiple gun control groups which included the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Center for American Progress, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, as well as Gabby Giffords’ group. He asked the groups what they were hoping for. According to their responses, they were looking for a bill that would criminalize private gun sales.
Breitbart News reports:
So Thompson will sponsor legislation requiring a background check before someone may buy a gun from his neighbor, a co-worker to get a background check before buying a gun from a co-worker, and so forth. The bill will go so far as to require a son to get a background check before a father can give him a gun as a gift.
Private gun sales are legal and have been an American tradition since 1791, the year the Second Amendment was ratified.
Ironically, a ban on private sales would not have stopped a single mass shooting witnessed to this point in the 21st century because nearly every mass shooter acquires his guns at retail via a background check. The exceptions to the rule are the mass shooters who steal their guns.
The Democrats’ push for stricter gun control won’t do anything to stop mass shootings. All it will do is prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves and others in the event of a mass shooting. Since when has making drugs illegal stopped criminals from getting their hands on them? What makes guns any different in the liberal mind?
The Hill reported:
A previous GOP co-sponsor of gun control legislation with Thompson, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), told Mother Jones that he would back it.
Thompson has had some bipartisan support for his bills before, but they have still failed to pass in a Republican-controlled House.
The news outlet explained that “while Democrats seized control of the House in the 2018 midterms, Republicans retained control of the Senate, which any gun control bill would have to pass.”
When the Hill requested that Thompson issue a response, he did not immediately answer.
As of currently, our country’s federal law states that licensed firearm retailers run a background check on every single potential customer.
The Hill explains that “Private sellers, such as the vendors at gun shows, are sometimes required to perform background checks by state law. Other states require private dealers to only sell to people with licenses or permits, which themselves require background checks.”