Democrats introduced The Background Check Expansion Act in the Senate this week, seeking to expand federal background checks on all gun sales. The new legislation would require unlicensed or private firearm sellers to conduct a background check before transferring a firearm.
Democrat Senator Congressman Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced the legislation. He released a statement that said “this legislation has the chance to bring this country together — even 85 percent of gun owners believe in expanding background checks, and a growing anti-gun violence movement, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, is demanding change.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has added his approval as well, stating, “Ending the epidemic gun violence starts with meaningful and commonsense reforms. This legislation will take the long-overdue step of closing dangerous loopholes in the existing background check system to help keep all of our communities safe.”
According to The Hill, the only exceptions under the new legislation for gun transfers would include “transfers between law enforcement officers, loaning firearms for hunting, gifting to immediate family members, inheritance transfers and temporary transfers for immediate self-defense.”
With a 50-50 tie in the Senate and Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker, Democrats have found a new opportunity to crack down on the Second Amendment. President Joe Biden ran on a strong gun restriction platform, including plans to add additional background check and ban certain “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.
This is not the first time The Background Check Expansion Act has been pushed before lawmakers. The act was first presented in January 2019 in the House, passing the next month. However, it did not pass in the Senate, as it was controlled by Republicans at the time.
Currently, the House has the votes to pass the act. However, the 60-vote threshold required in the Senate would require several Republicans to join the legislation, making the passing of the bill unlikely.
For now, America’s gun owners can at least breathe a little easier, knowing the current Democrat-backed legislation has little hope of becoming law. However, the addition of more limits on Second Amendment freedoms continues to concern patriotic Americans, and rightfully so.
What part of the Second Amendment do Democrats not get? The words plainly declare, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
The right is “of the people,” not of the government. The phrase “shall not be infringed” should include any and all limitations to law-abiding citizens. Yet every mass shooting incident, as terrible as these are, have become cheap shots for the left to push for new laws to remove guns from the hands of those who would never dare pull a trigger against an innocent person.
Excessive firearm legislation clearly does not stop gun violence. In fact, cities like Chicago that have some of the strongest anti-gun laws also have some of the highest gun violence rates. The nation’s citizens don’t need leftist lawfare to stop legal gun purchases. Our nation needs to stop defunding police and support those who put their lives on the line to stop those who live outside the law.