Federal Lawmakers to Reintroduce Universal Background Check Bill

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The Hill.com is reporting that federal lawmakers are once again introducing legislation that would require background checks on all firearm sales, including private transfers made over the Internet or at gun shows.

Known as the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act,” it would basically mandate universal background checks in all 50 states.

“This bill is anti-criminal, and will help keep spouses, kids and communities safe by preventing dangerous people from getting guns,” sponsor of the bill Rep. Mike Thompson told The Hill.

“It’s also pro-Second Amendment,” added Thompson, a Democrat from California. “I’m a hunter and a gun owner. I support the Second Amendment. If this bill undermined the rights of gun owners, my name wouldn’t be on it.”

The bill was also supported by other notable pro-gun control sympathizers: Reps. Peter King (R-NY), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Bob Dold (R-IL).

Not surprisingly, the bill was endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

“There is no doubt expanded background checks save lives,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

“It is time for Congress to finish the job and expand Brady background checks to the thousands of gun sales that happen every day online and at gun shows.”

A version of the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act” was introduced in 2013. However, it died in Congress. How this latest version differs from its previous incarnation is not quite clear. It may in fact be the same exact bill. Thompson is planning to introduce at some point this week.

A video promoting the 2013 version of the bill:

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  • Chick May 20, 2016, 10:50 am

    Where do these people get that they can make internet firearm purchases without background checks? Anytime a firearm is shipped, it must go to a FFL holder, who must complete a firearm transfer and do a background check. That is the law. Now, if people are not following that, I don’t know what to say. I do know that I have bought numerous firearms across the internet, and had them shipped to different FFL holders, who treat the transfer just like they are selling the firearm to me. I bought 2 rifles in an estate auction, and the FFL Shipper did not send the correct paperwork and documentation with them. I had to wait 5 more days, for that paperwork to reach the FFL on my end, before he would complete the transfer and give me my rifles. I can also add that this FFL holder who took receipt on my end, knows me, and has sold me firearms before.

  • dale May 19, 2015, 8:08 pm

    Here we go again with big brother tryingvto take away our 2nd amendments rights away little by little. We all know criminals don’t bother with background checks, so all this does is make law abiding citizens go through harder and more paperwork then needs be. What is wrong be the thousands of laws on the books now that they don’t enforce Or don’t have the time or space in the court system. What Will this law produce? Just a registration list for confiscation.!! Don’t try to tell me that it isn’t I wasn’t born yesterday. We do not need anymore background check laws.

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