What the Democrats’ New “Background Check” Bill Means
Gun rights advocates, even those who tend to vote liberal on all other issues, have always had a precarious relationship with democratic lawmakers. These lawmakers tend to lead the charge on gun control, with bills that range from agreeable to arbitrary. With democrats taking control of the House in the 2018 election, there was some tension among responsible gun owners, waiting to see what Congress was about to propose.
Shortly after taking the House, the democrats unveiled their new gun bill.
An attempt to reform background checks in gun sales and transfers.
As the law stands, as of the time of this writing, background checks are required when buying a firearm from a licensed dealer. However, private sales are not held under such scrutiny. This allows people to buy weapons from friends, colleagues and at gun shows without waiting for a background check to go through. The democrats' bill aims to close that gap, and would have all gun sales requiring a background check.
At present, the bill may prove to be more of a symbolic gesture than a legitimate threat to responsible firearm owners and concealed carry permit holders. The odds are that the majority Republican senate will block the bill when it goes up for a vote. A similar, but far less comprehensive bill, the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, failed to pass in 2013. The new bill is a universal requirement for background checks, no matter the nature of the sale. This means that it should be even more difficult for the House to push through the senate.
Although the new background check bill is unlikely to be passed, its proposal underlines certain attitudes towards even the most responsible firearm enthusiasts and CCW permit-holders. For those who believe in the second amendment, the best that you can do right now is vote for those who represent us. You should exemplify to the public the very model of the responsible gun owner.