Democrats Reject Amendment that Would Have Required ICE Notification for Failed Background Check

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that anti-gun politicians care far more about scoring political points than reducing crime. Their support for policies that have no discernable effect on crime rates is proof enough for that. But sometimes they make their motivations more obvious than usual.

During a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee last week, Republican Representative Greg Steube proposed an amendment to the universal background check bill (H.R. 8) that would require local, state, and federal law enforcement officials be contacted if a firearm is transferred to a prohibited person after a delayed, and subsequently failed, background check. The amendment also would have required that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be contacted if the person is determined to be an illegal alien.

Democrats voted against the amendment. They didn’t provide a rationale, but their motivation is clear. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, cosponsored a bill in 2017 that is identical to Steube’s policy—except it doesn’t include the requirement to contact ICE.

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“Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Steube said after the vote. “The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling.”

“In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors,” he continued. “It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda.”

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz also noted the inconsistency of his Democratic colleagues.

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Current federal law prohibits “illegal or unlawful aliens” from possessing firearms or ammunition in the United States, but that law was challenged in 2015 by Victor Manuel Torres, who entered the country illegally from Mexico in 2005 when he was 20 years old. After being caught in 2014 with a revolver in his backpack, he argued that the law violated his Second Amendment rights.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled last month to uphold the prohibition on possession of firearms by illegal aliens. In its decision, the court ruled that “the government’s interests in controlling crime and ensuring public safety are promoted by keeping firearms out of the hands of unlawful aliens.”

Democrats in Congress, apparently, disagree.

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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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  • Michael Musso March 3, 2019, 7:55 pm

    At the rate the progressive/socialist Demonrats are chipping away at the foundational principles of our Country, in another decade, we will be renamed Venezuela Jr.!

  • Dan Gore February 23, 2019, 5:32 pm

    The DEMONCRATS don’t care about enforcing the law. If they did, they would have to arrest their voters. The illegal foreign invaders and the criminals. They want to get rid of the electoral college system, because it did what it was supposed to do! The Constitution is a pesky hindrance to their one party rule that they want. Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein, Soros, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, and the rest of the leftist scumbags, who want the NEW WORLD ORDER, can kiss AMERICA’S ASS! They need to take a long walk on a short pier! All of the military personnel I’ve talked to are on board with us if necessary to stop the LUNATIC LEFTIST who hate this great nation. TREASON conviction carries capital punishment, don’t think they realize that, or don’t think that it could happen to them. Do they want to bet their lives on it? Just say’n.

  • Tomlightfield February 22, 2019, 6:25 pm

    Take one look at the picture of those 4 dipshts and everything is fully explained!!!!!!

  • AJ February 22, 2019, 5:47 pm

    These fucking scumbags are all for redflag laws until it fucks with their potential voter base.

  • AL February 22, 2019, 12:58 pm

    dumbercRATS are a disgusting sick form of government and WILL evevtually destroy America!

  • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 12:32 pm

    Do you think Coast Guard Lt. Chris Hasson had the right idea with his assassination plot to take-out these subversives?

    • OceanDragon February 22, 2019, 3:56 pm

      No. Trying to get our agenda out would not be helped by murder and assassination. It paints a picture of irrationality and poor morals. It would then further be used against lawful gun ownership by passing more ridiculous laws. You need to do it by skillful articulation and logic.

      • AJ February 23, 2019, 6:12 pm

        I agree with half of that.. assassination would not be the way to go. But.. and there’s a big BUT… Any gun owner who refuses to do as they’re told by big bro will be labeled a terrorist anyway. Eventually, if things keep going how they are, then there will be rebellion comparable to the Confederacy. And all gun owners who refuses to relinquish our rights will be branded as such.

  • deanbob February 22, 2019, 11:30 am

    The left loves illegal aliens more than vets, ICE/border patrol, law enforcement, and constitution loving American citizens.

  • M1A-Hole February 22, 2019, 11:19 am

    Wait. Why would we want to inform ICE for a failed background check? (If it was an illegal immigrant I get it.) Why wouldn’t BATFE or FBI or one of the countless others more directly related to an illegal firearm purchase not be notified… AND THEN ACTUALLY ENFORCEING THE LAW!
    There’s more to this here.

  • Jake February 22, 2019, 11:16 am

    What a pitiful collection of losers and liars in that picture. Communist filth Democrats care more about keeping criminal illegal aliens in the country than they do about protecting American citizens from crime.

    • Winston February 22, 2019, 1:52 pm

      The 400 American families who own more wealth in the US than the next 155 million Americans combined are the ones who overwhelmingly support the DEM establishment. That is what the people in the picture represent: the fetishes of 400 billionaire families.

  • Edward Nichols February 22, 2019, 8:27 am

    It’s all about the removal of the second amendment. From open boarders and sanctuary cities to early release of convicted felons, it all plays into the Bolshevik playbook. More crime leads to more sheep bleating for more control. America is really starting to resemble pre-war Germany.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 12:36 pm

      Yup. Cali-fornia is rapidly turning into a mini-Venezuela. There will be unprecedented election crimes by the Left in 2020 to grab power and complete the destruction of the USA.
      I\’m afraid armed revolution is in the near future.

  • AkFolder February 22, 2019, 8:25 am

    There ALREADY exist laws against filling out a 4473 with false information!!! IF you are going to make Background Checks work, you need to put some TEETH in the penalties for lying on them. Otherwise, a prohibited person can fill out 100 4473s using false information, and potentially slip through the cracks just once and obtain a weapon!!!

  • Jay February 22, 2019, 8:18 am

    How can any rational person not see who the real enemy is these days?

    • Randy Locher February 22, 2019, 8:38 am

      You do know your taking about Idiot Americans don’t you???? As long as the majority can get their latest IPhone they could care less.

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