Capitol Hill Democrats have launched their first attack on the Second Amendment with the formal introduction of H.R. 8, a bill also supported by a trio of Republicans, that is dubbed the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.”
A companion bill was announced in the U.S. Senate by anti-gun Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut.
H.R. 8 was introduced jointly by House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
The legislation, according to the House news release, is supported by Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Lucy McBath (D-GA), along with Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Christopher Smith (NJ) and Fred Upton (MI). A report in Ammoland News encouraged readers to “Contact RINO-Republican Sponsors and remind them how hard they’re going to be primaried in their next election cycle:
- Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) D.C. phone (202) 225-3765
- Christopher Smith (R-NJ) D.C. Phone: (202) 225-4276
- Fred Upton (R-MI) D.C. Phone: 202-225-3761, Kalamazoo District Office (269) 385-0039
Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Clyburn’s “Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021,” will supposedly strengthen background check procedures that would have to be followed before a licensed firearms retailer could transfer a firearm to a buyer. This allegedly will close the so-called “Charleston loophole” that allowed killer to take possession of a handgun when the FBI didn’t complete a background check within three business days. The man used his handgun to murder several people at a church.
There has been much speculation that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would run the legislation directly to the House floor, skipping the hearing process. The legislation could come up for action within days.
Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety was quick to fire off an email blast declaring, “Every day in America, more than 100 people die from gun violence, and over 230 more are wounded. But the only action many politicians have taken in response to this crisis is offering their thoughts and prayers.
“Our elected leaders owe us more than thoughts and prayers to prevent gun deaths, they owe us action on lifesaving legislation like H.R. 8, a bill to require background checks on all gun sales. Tell your U.S. Representative: Cosponsor H.R. 8 and support background checks on all gun sales immediately.”
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