Everytown Cheers Reintroduction of Universal Background Check Bill: A ‘Critical First Step’

(Photo: Everytown For Gun Safety)

Joe Biden’s gun control agenda is moving forward, and anti-gun groups are hopeful the new universal background check bill is only the beginning.

House Democrats were joined by three Republicans this week in introducing legislation that will ban the private transfers of firearms between anyone who is not immediately related.

Rep. James E. Clyburn also introduced a bill that would close the so-called “Charleston Loophole” by eliminating the policy that a firearm can be transferred to an individual if the FBI has not completed a background check within three days.

In a conference call with reporters, representatives from Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and other anti-gun groups emphasized that this legislation is only a “first step” to achieving their no-gun utopia.

“While the fixes in these bills can’t solve the entire epidemic of gun violence, they are a critical first step,” said Kris Brown, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Gregory Jackson Jr., the National Advocacy Director at Community Justice Action Fund, reiterated Brown’s “first step” language.

“While we’re excited about this step forward… we see this as a first step. A first step towards a comprehensive solution that will address the gun violence in our communities,” he said. “We remain committed to holding [Congress] accountable and to advocate for additional steps to address this crisis.”

The full text of the background check bill has yet to be released, but if it copies the bill that passed the House last year, it bans private sales entirely and only allows “bona fide gifts” between spouses, domestic partners, parents and their children (including step-parents and their step-children), siblings, aunts or uncles and their nieces or nephews, or grandparents and their grandchildren.

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However, even those bona fide gifts are allowed only if “the transferor has no reason to believe that the transferee will use or intends to use the firearm in a crime or is prohibited from possessing firearms under State or Federal law.”

Rep. Clyburn’s background check bill gives the FBI a full 10 business days to complete a background check that has been delayed. Once those 10 days are up, a prospective buyer can petition for “escalated review to spur the FBI to complete its investigation,” according to a press release.

The sale may proceed if the escalated review has not been completed within an additional 10 business days, allowing the FBI to delay without reason a person’s Second Amendment rights for a full four weeks.

Gun rights groups have blasted Clyburn’s bill as an infringement on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans.

“This bill increases the burden on small business firearm retailer owners and flips the burden of proof on its head,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“This would make it incumbent upon the law-abiding citizen to prove his or her innocence to the government to exercise their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm instead of the government being responsible for proving an individual is prohibited. This could potentially deny a law-abiding citizen their rights for up to a month, while they are saddled with the burden of proving their innocence. That’s un-American.”

While both bills are likely to pass the Democrat-controlled House, the Senate will be a larger hurdle. Representatives for anti-gun groups insisted to reporters that their historic failures in the Senate can be blamed on Sen. Mitch McConnell refusing to bring gun controls bills up for a vote. Since majority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer is sure to vote on these bills, Everytown and others believe they may be able to pass.

But to overcome the filibuster, Democrats will need at least 10 Republicans to join them in support of these bills, a difficult obstacle in the hyper-partisan climate of Capitol Hill.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four 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 Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • TR March 17, 2021, 7:46 am

    They’re going to mess around and piss off sooooooo many gun enthusiast, thus Creating many soon-to-be convicted fellons.leave our guns alone damnit!!!

  • DL March 10, 2021, 7:26 am

    The intent behind such legislative efforts is NOT about stopping a bad person, criminal, mass school, mall or church shooting. The intent driving this legislation is to “DISARM AMERICA.” Do Not Confuse These Points. The total and complete disarming of America can’t take place in one step. It takes many baby steps to eliminate more than 300 million guns from more than 130 million gun owners. To turn this democratic republic into a socialist, communist dictatorship, the nation must be disarmed. Pure and simple. Under Kamala Harris, it is well underway in two months of office. By the way, make no mistake, Joe Biden is NOT President other than in name only. This nation is being run by Kamala Harris & other Socialist leaders who are communicating through Biden. Joe is a complete figurehead.

  • Jeff March 8, 2021, 11:56 pm

    Just say no. Simple word, easy to remember. No, you can’t take our guns.

  • Stormin Norman March 7, 2021, 2:13 pm

    When GUN’S are outlawed I WILL be an Outlaw………

  • Forrest J Brown Jr. March 6, 2021, 8:50 am

    This is one of many steps to a socialist form of government, check out Venezuela.

  • Stephen March 5, 2021, 1:56 pm

    OK… So you get a universal check passed. Do you think for one second that some criminal who wants a gun is going to go to the local gun shop and wait for a background check? No… He is going to go to an illegal supplier to get his saturday night special and the crime will still happen. The only ones that you will have any kind of effect on is the law abiding citizen that follows the rules! All these laws and edicts don’t hurt the bad guy at all! THEY ARE OUT THERE LAUGHING AT YOU! The only ones you are jamming up are the guys that like to go to the shooting club on the weekends, hunting in the different seasons for whatever game, and maybe shooting in competitions. Also, when you slap criminals on the wrist, pat them on the head, and say be a nice boy doesn’t cut it either! DO THE CRIME… DO THE TIME! PERIOD END OF FRIGGEN STORY! Until politicians get their heads out of their asses and do the WORK it takes, instead of kissing the asses of whiny liberals, criminals are going to have guns! That is just a fact of life. No matter how much money you throw at it, how many studies are done, or how much shaming is tried, it is only going to get worse. Keep taking the tools and the laws away from cops and the legal folks. THE STUPIDITY IS ON YOU! SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED… Anybody read that somewhere?

  • Grant Stevens March 5, 2021, 12:19 pm

    The following is a “reasonable”congressional bill that needs to be submitted by the Republican leadership:

    HR 556 — Until the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is repealed, it remains the supreme law of the land and does not require “interpretation” by Congress, the Supreme Court or any other government entity. Federal, state and local politicians who violate their oath of office to author, sponsor and vote for legislation that infringes on the unalienable right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms are to be immediately removed from office. Presidents who write executive orders that infringe on the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms are to be impeached and removed from office. Federal, state and local government agencies that impose rules and regulations that infringe on the Second Amendment will be abolished. Federal, state and local judges who render court rulings that infringe upon the Second Amendment right of law-abiding American citizens are to be immediately removed from the bench and disrobed. There will be no exceptions to or deviations from this rule of law. Anyone in federal, state and local government who has difficulty understanding what “shall not be infringed” means will be sent to a Constitution re-education camp until they can comprehend plain English and regain their common sense. Like the Second Amendment, this inviolate rule of law applies to all public servants in the United States of America. Violation of this law by anyone in federal, state and local government will result in swift punishment befitting the crime of treason.

  • Easy Eddie March 5, 2021, 11:53 am

    These proposed bills once again become sterling examples of legislative overreach, which we must always expect. But the key here is “…this legislation is only a “first step” to achieving their no-gun utopia.” Thus, it may be only ‘common sense’ to them, but it is only a ‘first step’, as if they haven’t had a string of ‘first steps’ over the past decades.

    I can think of nothing more frightening that a Sheila Jackson Lee nobly empowered by Bloomberg’s unlimited budget. I would like nothing more than to have these communists give us some historical examples of other societies that have achieved their ‘no-gun utopia’. I’m waiting…..

    • John Browning March 5, 2021, 3:22 pm

      China, Venezuela, Former Soviet Union, & Cambodia under Pol Pot.
      Need more?

  • Nicholas March 5, 2021, 11:30 am

    I am going to quote from a S. Ct. case from the 19th Century when they were still reading the Constitution as was intended. I’d like to hear from anyone who understands what the justices ruled. Particularly the people who write these articles.
    “When we consider the nature and theory of our institutions of government, the principles upon which they are supposed to rest, and review the history of their development, we are constrained to conclude that they do not mean to leave room for the play and action of purely personal and arbitrary power. Sovereignty itself, is not subject to law for it is the author and source of law, but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.” – Yick Wo v Hopkins, 118 US 356 (1886)
    That ruling was not novel. The Founders debated it and that was why they wrote the Constitution with all the power “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions” as the province of the people, not government agencies.

  • Stan d. Upnow March 5, 2021, 10:52 am

    Here’s the deal: These ignorant, imbecilic politicos have a demonstrated unwillingness to go after criminals. So, to show the public that they’re “doing Something” to counteract gun crime, they propose unConstitutional “laws” that only impact everyday, law-abiding citizens. They know that all their bogus “laws” will have zero effect on criminals obtaining & using firearms, but their Left-wing zombie base will swallow the scam hook, line, & sinker. And they’ll use it to get reelected touting that they were tough on crime.

  • Jack March 5, 2021, 10:41 am

    Every proposal for a “universal background checks” law requires the background check for EVERY firearm transfer.

    So let’s understand this in practice:

    1) An adult gives his brother or sister a rifle, and the sibling must legally go through a background check.
    2) A gang member can sell someone a gun out of the trunk of his car, and no background check is needed, and certainly none is performed.

    Someone explain to me the following:
    Why the background check is needed in the first example…
    How the universal background check law will prevent the 2nd example…

    • Stan d. Upnow March 5, 2021, 10:56 am

      How dare you question the wisdom of these “common sense” measures? You have now been classified as a radical, right-wing extremist. Cancellation efforts will shortly follow.

      • Jack Holmes March 5, 2021, 4:38 pm

        Actually, I “identify” as a member of the fascist degenerate antifa vermin, no different than how lilly white Rachel Dolezal “identified” as black. Therefore, the leftist thugs will embrace me as one of their own.

    • John Browning March 5, 2021, 3:26 pm

      It has nothing to do with crime, other than robbing us of the means
      to punish them for their crimes against us.

  • James TenEyck March 5, 2021, 10:07 am

    Another group of “politically correct” ( in this case INCORRECT ) politicians, trying to do something for political gain. Like the ridiculous “SAFE ACT” rammed through in NYS by another lying, hypocrite politician Gov. Cuomo, this would NEVER save any lives, just inconvenience law abiding gun owners and citizens. As it’s always been, a criminal will always find a way to get a gun. We already have far too many gun laws now…just enforce the ones we have now!

  • Anthony March 5, 2021, 9:55 am

    A lot of very uneducated statements in here.Never think you’re entitled as it is a privilege to own a gun and a lot of people do not deserve that.

    • Scott Smith March 5, 2021, 10:58 am

      Some people just don’t understand the difference between a “privilege” and a God Given Right.
      The difference between Freemen and serfs is on display for all to see,
      The Republic has always suffered sheep.

    • Stan d. Upnow March 5, 2021, 11:00 am

      You’re as stupid as the Progressive-Socialists proposing these outrageous “laws.” Oh, sorry, didn’t know you were actually one of them. That explains your insipid comment.

    • Shanz March 5, 2021, 1:43 pm

      Wow! Get the f&@k outa my country.

    • Robert March 5, 2021, 4:04 pm

      Read and Learn Yours and every ones Rights of an American Citizen. You are not Educated, Please Learn and then support your Rights or they will someday be gone for everyone..

  • Nicholas March 5, 2021, 9:41 am

    I’ve been writing and speaking about the Constitution for several years. What I’ve learned over the years is that there are very few people who understand our system of government. What is so frustrating is that they will take little time to learn. As a matter of fact I’ve debated with people who call themselves pro-2nd, and they know next to nothing on the amendment and its purpose. I’ve learned that most will show a complete disdain for actually enforcing the amendment as the Framers of the Constitution wrote into the document.
    Nothing in the Bill of Rights is not in the Constitution by literal or implied function of law. So, if they removed the 2nd tomorrow, there are still 3 provisions in the Constitution that require an armed citizenry. Herein lies the issue. The word is require, and you will find very, very, very few people in the pro-2nd community who want to be required to do anything but complain, moan, groan, and lie.
    That’s what I’ve learned over the years. You can’t sell require, but you can sell bad arguments that bring in memberships and contributions.

    • Stephen March 5, 2021, 2:08 pm

      How Bout “Shall Not Be Infringed”. What about that? That’s pretty explicit right there!

  • Muggsy March 5, 2021, 9:28 am

    This all came about, because good people sat on their hands and did nothing.
    Theres a lot of BIG talkers out there, but they wont stand up for their own rights, when they come for YOUR guns, go look in a mirror, and you will see who did it to to you.

    • David Baker March 6, 2021, 12:41 am

      Why aren’t the big gun lobbyists formulating a movement for all of us to get around? The anti-gun groups are getting big financial backers like Bloomberg. We need our Gun Lobbyists to get their stuff together so we can all do our part in backing them with signatures or better yet showing up at these town halls

  • Seabee AL March 5, 2021, 9:21 am

    What would journalist do if they had to register each story with the Government to get approval to publish? How about Submit a form to get approval to be a journalist? Those are a questions we need to ask all anti gun writers. They will defend their portion of the First amendment to the death while trying to deny us the Second amendment.

  • Mark March 5, 2021, 9:06 am

    well luck for me I lost my gun in a Boating accident so I don’t
    have any to sell NOR would I ever sell one if I did have one.
    a PRIVATE sale is just that PRIVATE, it’s NON ONES business.

  • John J Whelan JR March 5, 2021, 8:58 am

    Very strange how many mass shootings we had in this country when Democrats were in charge Especially when Obama was in office, yet when Trump was in there was a decrease in mass shooting ever wonder why??

    • Anthony March 5, 2021, 9:50 am

      Wow !!!!!

  • Mark A Yonko Sr March 5, 2021, 8:36 am

    Do we have anyone that is trying to put forth the force that is needed to stop them?

    • Nicholas March 5, 2021, 9:24 am

      Look up Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr.. He has written volumes on the proper fight to protect our rights. https://newswithviews.com/author/edwinvieira/
      The so-called pro-2nd groups want nothing to do with him because there is no money in winning the fight. Or at least that’s what they think. There are so many in these organizations that are opposed to the RKBA as the Constitution commands that it is frightening.
      I was interviewed on a show back in 2019. I outlined a plan, and said that I would do all the leg work. I just needed people to show support. The host of the show guaranteed, based on the size of his show, that he could bring thousands to the table. He wanted me as a regular guest on his show. He liked my ideas, which were nothing more than simply following the law as the Founders intended.
      He is an NRA board member and often has 2nd amendment attorney’s on his show. After my show, I did not hear from him again although I know he did receive requests to have me on again. I had to conclude that the so-called pro-2nd attorney’s and NRA told him to stay away.
      I know for a fact that the NRA has sabotaged people trying to fight for the 2nd. It happened in NJ where I lived.

  • Budd March 5, 2021, 8:33 am

    I am going to start a petition of redress to demand anal probes for all rino’s, leftist, socialist, criminals, masquerading as U.S. politicians. The results should finally demonstrate that they all have their heads in their asses.

  • Dave March 5, 2021, 7:55 am

    “House Democrats were joined by three Republicans”. Do these republicans represent you?

    R – Fitzpatrick, Brian [PA] Fitzpatrick is next up for reelection in 2022

    R – Smith, Christopher “Chris” [NJ] Smith is next up for reelection in 2022

    R – Upton, Fred [MI] Upton is next up for reelection in 2022

    If you live in PA, NJ or MI and these are your representatives, you need to contact them about why they are supporting this bill!! Then find groups to work with or support to primary these representatives off the republican ticket for their next elections all of which are in 2022!!!

    • Fal Phil March 5, 2021, 2:21 pm

      It’s a Yankee thing. Ya’ll wouldn’t understand.

    • John Browning March 5, 2021, 3:34 pm

      Elections!?
      Yea, that’ll work.🙄

  • Timothy Craven March 5, 2021, 7:41 am

    End the Drug War and gun violence would decline. Look at other countries which ended their Wars on Drugs. Violent crime declined.

    • Fal Phil March 5, 2021, 2:30 pm

      This is true. The drug war causes more problems than it solves.

    • etph March 5, 2021, 2:33 pm

      That will never happen especially in places like CA, or the democrat plantations in CA to be specific (like the Los Angeles area). Leftists need a crisis to justify their rule and tyranny. Homelessness, crime and gangs are allowed for specific reasons.

  • Zachery Hestla March 5, 2021, 7:17 am

    Stop gun control I have not done nothing wrong And yall are trying to punish us

  • Alton Robinson March 5, 2021, 6:24 am

    So the liberals now in control of the government want to do away with guns? Plus the demand to defund the police, which will decrease the number of cops.
    But they demand they have more personal protection with people with guns? Somehow this does not make sense to me and anyone who supports something like this must have a mental problem.

  • James March 5, 2021, 5:40 am

    I am absolutely certain this law will do nothing for armed violence that occurs in Chicago on a daily basis.

  • George M Saunders March 5, 2021, 4:39 am

    Why can’t citizens get a dealer’s license?

    I trained a civilian to use a handgun. He became an Oakland (CA) PO. When four officers were murdered he burst into the house and killed the perp with the skills I had taught him. The killer’s handgun was stolen.

    This new legislation is only going to increase perps killing more PO’s.

    /s/ George
    CCC…SO

  • BUURGA March 5, 2021, 3:19 am

    Have they given any thought to their response if 30,000,000 legal gun owners tell them to take a hike?

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