House Democrats Want Background Checks on All Gun Sales
Despite the multitude of mass shootings that have recently occurred, Democrats have had trouble pushing through meaningful gun legislation. The GOP led congress, spurred on by the NRA, has been able to block any house measures.
The landscape will be changing come January. Paul Ryan will no longer lead congress and Democrats see an opportunity to finally push through gun control measures. Mother Jones is reporting that there will be a major push towards closing gun loopholes.
Background checks, as of now, are only required when a person buys a firearm from a licensed dealer. This means that people can avoid background checks by buying weapons online or at a gun show.
Guns are often sold without the required background checks. In a 2017 study, “The Annals of Internal Medicine, which was funded in part by supporters of gun control, 22 percent of US gun owners obtained a firearm without a background check over the past two years.”
A bill to close this loophole already exists. It was introduced to congress by Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), but despite bipartisan support, Ryan twice blocked the measure from coming to a vote.
This legislation Thompson is proposing goes further than just closing the gun show loophole. “If you sell a gun to an individual over the internet, you would now be required to perform the required check. If you sell a gun to a cousin or friend, you would be required to do the same.”
The bill is likely to pass through the Democrat-led congress and do so with support from Republican members as well. The measure will mostly die there as there is little chance of it pushing through the Senate.The legislation, however, will start a conversation. A majority of Americans are hungry for stronger gun control measures and this is a step in that direction.