Mayors Call on Senate to Criminalize Private Transfers

152 mayors are urging the Senate to expand the background check system. (Photo: United Conference of Mayors)

A coalition of 152 mayors from around the country this week called on the U.S. Senate to expand the background check system.

“Americans are increasingly alarmed by mass shootings and by the steady increase in homicides and shootings plaguing too many neighborhoods,” they, members of the United Conference of Mayors, wrote in a letter dated April 13, 2021 (see below). 

“As mayors, it is our top priority to ensure public safety; protecting our residents from gun violence is at the very heart of this commitment,” they continued. “It is time for our federal partners in Congress to take long overdue action to reduce gun violence and the terrible toll it takes on our cities and in our nation.”

Specifically, these politicians want senators to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act.  

H.R. 8 would criminalize private transfers.  

With few exceptions, individuals would be prohibited from transferring a firearm to one another unless a licensed gun dealer (FFL), manufacturer, or importer first took possession of the firearm and conducted a background check on the prospective transferee.  

Along with the time it takes to travel to a gun shop, fees would apply as FFLs typically charge for their services.

H.R. 1446 would make law-abiding citizens wait as long as 20 business days before they’d be allowed to take possession of a firearm during a “default proceed” transaction.   

Currently, if a prospective purchaser receives a “delay” response from the ATF’s background check system, FFLs must wait three days to give the federal government more time to investigate the individual.  

After three days, if the government has not finished the investigation, the FFL may transfer the firearm to the prospective purchaser as a “default proceed” transaction.  The three-day window is designed to protect the 2A rights of the individual and to keep the government from dragging its feet.  

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After all, in a digital age, it stands to reason that a background check to exercise a fundamental right shouldn’t take three business days, let alone 20! 

But the mayors who signed onto the letter believe these bills do not infringe on the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.

“We believe that HR 8 and HR 1446 are sensible gun safety bills that will make our cities safer and in no way compromise gun owners’ rights,” wrote the mayors. “The nation’s mayors call upon you to pass them now.”

Democrats in the Senate would need 60 votes to override a Republican filibuster on H.R. 8 or H.R. 1446.  It doesn’t appear that they have those numbers right now.  The Senate is split 50-50 between the GOP and the DNC, with the Dems having the tie-breaker via Vice President Kamala Harris.  

However, there has been constant pressure from progressives to blow up the filibuster to switch to a simple majority take-all situation.  President Biden and other prominent old-school Dems have yet to endorse that move.  

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Gregory Romeu April 16, 2021, 11:14 pm

    Yet all these cities, (Mostly Democrat) have an atrocious levels of unarmed, law-abiding citizens being murdered?

  • Jon Leone April 16, 2021, 6:02 pm

    My weapons are private property and I will decide who they will be sold to. I will not obey any law that dictates how I will deal with my property.

  • skipNclair Barker April 16, 2021, 2:57 pm

    Seems to me it would be allot easier and productive to just remove a few hundred or thousand mayors than to allow these evil scum to infringe on the rights of the people.

  • RJG April 16, 2021, 10:18 am

    If the mayors really want to protect their citizens as they claim, they should instruct their district attorneys and courts to enforce the laws already on the books, increase the time served in prison for crimes, establish a minimum prison term (which cannot be dealt away) and bring back the death penalty to be enforced within a years time of the trial verdict. As long as there are no substantial penalties for their crimes, criminals will do their crimes.

  • Dispatch911 April 16, 2021, 9:01 am

    I see how this works. Look at Chicago they have a ban on guns in the city. Hmmm, glad that is so much safer.

  • WVRidgeRunner April 16, 2021, 7:48 am

    These are the same worthless bottom dwelling swamp urchins that refuse to deal with their violence and lawlessness in their Urban blights. Private transactions between citizens will continue, especially with criminals. 95% of persons outside their Urban hell holes are conducted and never have a problem with crime. But the idiots that have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country refuse to enforce those laws. Further more they appease and comply with the terrorist groups of ANTIFA and BLM. And refuse to support their law enforcement professionals.

  • WVRidgeRunner April 16, 2021, 7:44 am

    These are the same worthless, bottom dwelling swamp things that refuse to stop the violence and destruction in their cities, they have no clue how to deal with the problems in their worthless Urban blights. Private sales between people is not the problem, the problem is their ineffective and total lack of law enforcement and their total appeasement of violent terrorists called Antifa and BLM.

  • Kb31416 April 16, 2021, 6:50 am

    CORRECTION: the appropriate title for kamela harris is “Vice Presidential Usurper”. The writer regrets the error.

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