Backdoor Background Checks? Dem Reps Introduce Bill To ‘Modernize’ Firearm Sales

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly introduced the bill last week. (Photo: Robin Kelly Facebook)

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House announced today a bill that would “modernize” firearm purchasing by requiring “facilitators” of gun sales—such as gun show sellers and websites—to conduct background checks on all transactions.

The full text of the legislation has not been released, but according to a press release from the primary sponsor, Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly, the bill would also increase security requirements at gun shops, require reporting when a person purchases more than two rifles or shotguns in five consecutive days, and require annual inspections of “high risk” gun dealers.

Rep. Kelly blames her state’s skyrocketing crime rates on out-of-state guns and believes her bill will “hold rogue dealers accountable.”

“I’m introducing the Federal Firearms Licensee Act to hold rogue dealers accountable and ensure that we are able to adequately respond to the gun trafficking that is contributing to the deadly gun violence epidemic,” she says. “This legislation proposes commonsense security and gun sale tracing policies to ensure that FFLs are not contributing to the flow of guns into our communities.”

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“Universal background checks” has been a priority of the anti-gun lobby for decades. Some states require a background check for all gun sales, but many allow private transactions to take place without a check being conducted.

In Texas, for example, private gun owners post their wares for sale on websites like Interested parties contact each other through the website, set up a meeting, and conduct the transaction.

Kelly’s bill would somehow require these websites to conduct background checks on all sales. Since the bill’s text has not been released, it’s unclear how the federal government would enforce such a requirement.

If enacted, however, it would require background checks on virtually all gun sales across the country. Most private sales between gun owners who aren’t family or friends are facilitated by these websites and forums. If GunsAmerica was required to conduct background checks just like an FFL, a large majority of these formerly private transactions would be checked by the government.  

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The mayors of some of America’s most crime-ridden cities have jumped on board. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a sub-group of Everytown for Gun Safety, released a statement “applauding” Kelly’s new legislation.

“Gun violence is a plague on our communities, and allowing rogue gun dealers to skirt the rules we have in place undermines so much of the work we are doing to address this challenge in our city,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “We need a way to enforce common sense rules that keep illegal guns out of the wrong hands and I commend Representative Kelly for leading the charge on this important work.”

If the bill comes up for a vote in the Democratic-controlled House before the next midterm election, it’s likely to pass. It will have a much steeper hill to climb in the Senate, where it would need the support of 10 Republicans to end up on President Joe Biden’s desk.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Dave C. December 20, 2021, 2:05 pm

    Where do you think that you are commenting Jim? Better homes and garden?! Just so you know… THIS IS A PRO GUN, PRO AMERICA SITE!! Maybe CNN or another liberal site that tells you how to think and what to be outraged about. would be more your cup of Koolaid.

  • I Need Freedom December 18, 2021, 3:27 pm

    Lend a firearm to a friend, or a sane neighbor you have known for years and laws like this make you into a criminal. The tyrants need to know where all the guns are before they can confiscate them.

    Bills like this need to be opposed.

  • Zupglick December 17, 2021, 8:56 pm

    Anytime a Democrat uses the term “Commonsense”, I get out the KY Jelly.

  • Robert December 17, 2021, 3:30 pm

    Background checks on private sales is a steppingstone to gun registration. Because it is not enforceable without knowing who has the guns first. It’s very clear what they’re trying to do. They cannot point to one mass shootings that was caused with somebody using firearms Bought from a private seller.This is just a way,To get a gun registration going.

  • Dave December 17, 2021, 2:52 pm

    Another gun grabbing communist assaulting the constitution. People are going to sell guns to each other period. As a dealer who sells many firearms on the net, they almost all transfer to another dealer. Rogue Dealer is just another leftist lie. It’s always some RAT from some communist sewer trying to steal your rights and Illinois is one big fat S hole. KMA comrade.

  • James E Hottois December 17, 2021, 10:58 am

    They have there heads in thier ass as always, its just a ploy to keep the Democrat vote, those laws are already on the books, Maybe they should clean there own house first , Hence fast and ferious , FBI selling guns to the ones that killed Bryon Terry

  • AJ Hansen December 17, 2021, 10:56 am

    One thing articles like this always fail to point out: “Universal Background Checks” is liberal codespeak for registration. The democrats don’t give a rip about background checks. They want a registry, and UBG is how they get one.

    • Jim December 17, 2021, 2:01 pm

      Licensing and registration are long overdue. What precisely do you, and others of your profound intellect, have against it? The only comment the gun nuts, and the ultra-ignorant trumpets keep spewing is this is the entry to confiscation of guns. Then good lord forbid that certain types of guns are confiscated so little Sunday soldiers and wanna-be john wcyk warriors waiting to save america from the yellow and black invaders!
      These nuts are just that, ignorant under-educated lemming like brain-dead followers of the hateful Republicans (and btw I’m a life-long Republican) that would sacrifice true democracy for their perverted self-serving ideas.
      Do yourself a favor, and others like you, try using your BRAIN a modicum, other than to support your hunting cap, and think things through – not just listening to the incredibly sick anti-democratic nuts jobs like fucker Carlson (and the other imbeciles at Fox, its ludicrous if one has the mental acuity to process their comments), and trump.

      • Hondo December 19, 2021, 10:55 am

        This is how one says they are a liberal know nothing jerkoff, without actually typing that out.

        Jim you’re not as smart as you think, you come off as just another asshole liberal.

      • D.J. December 20, 2021, 9:12 am

        Jim , are you certain you don’t need to move to
        some communist stronghold ?
        “ Life – long Republican “ ? What the hell’s that got
        to do with anything ? All parties have their subversive
        elements .
        You , no doubt , are quite practiced in your “ double –
        speak “ . Be quiet now , adults are talking here .

      • Jay January 15, 2022, 10:14 pm

        Jim, you’re a moron. Brain dead idiot. You need a history lesson. Check out what these laws did in every communist, Marxist or other countries like Venezuela. Ends well for the citizenry right. You fucking Dems are morons. Look at our major cities. You don’t see that shit happening in states where people can carry, be sure criminals like you are cowards.

  • Eric Hauschildt December 17, 2021, 10:08 am

    Ok where is this ” Gunshow loophole ” that is such a canard in effect? In PA I bought a weapon at a gunshow.and ammmo as well still had get a background check instead of here you go sonny have fun. Idea that it implies from the gun grabbers.

    • Jim December 17, 2021, 2:05 pm

      Idiot, because YOU bough a gun at one gun show in PA does not mean this is the case across the country! That’s the problem, you are a poster child for the ignorant that make these absurd unfounded, illogical statements without bothering to research what you are about to spout. Maybe if you did you wouldn’t sound like an idiot, but alas, thats probably too much to ask in this era of political democratic suicide.

      • Hondo December 19, 2021, 11:04 am

        Okay genius point out where in this country I can go get this so called ” gun show loopole ‘ firearm and cash and carry with no back round.

        At least we know now who gobbles up the leftist bullshit lies hook line and sinker.

        Why it’s little Jimmy the leftist shill.

      • D.J. December 20, 2021, 9:15 am

        Jim , I thought I asked you to be quiet , now .

        There’s a good gentleman .

  • Wade December 17, 2021, 9:04 am

    More paperwork from Washington does nothing for the crime problems in Chicago. Criminal do not give one hoot about the law or more paperwork generated by ignorant politicians.

  • Dogman197 December 17, 2021, 9:01 am

    More “security” at gun shows? C’mon man……

  • D.J. December 17, 2021, 8:33 am

    I believe Ms. Kelly should focus on her own crime ridden
    “ AO “ , and leave other parts of the Nation to mind theirs .
    Endless legislation upon firearms has done little to slow or
    stop criminal activity in these “ major cities “ .

    They can’t handle the messes they have created , what
    makes us believe they are qualified to demand the same
    failures nationwide ?

  • Guido December 17, 2021, 8:31 am

    This boils down to two essential yet very familiar words:

    “State’s Rights!”

    This foolish legislation reflects what would occur with “National Right to Carry” laws as well.
    Just thinly disguised Federal overreach.
    2A is our “National Right to Carry” law.

  • SeppW December 17, 2021, 7:52 am

    Ms. Kelly is either misinformed or ignorant of federal law and her state’s laws on private sells of firearms. Create a law for a law that already exists. Brilliant!

    • Paul December 17, 2021, 10:38 am

      That is pretty much the liberal MO. We’ll legislate the problem away…. As you’ve already pointed out, there are already laws on the books regarding the transfer of firearms. And they’re pretty effective IF YOU JUST ENFORCE THEM.

  • Pete Faz December 17, 2021, 7:33 am

    Another America hating Democrat

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