The new Democrat-led Congress has introduced bill HR-8 to require stricter and a universal system of background checks for gun purchases.
It is a measure Republicans have traditionally opposed, and Democrats have endorsed over the years. Partisan politics aside, the bill makes sense to some people and seems an infringement to others. On the one hand, only a criminal would oppose such a background check, on the other hand, there is a Constitutional right that allows people to buy and own guns — full stop.
We broke down the important parts of the law so gun owners can decide for themselves if this is tyrannical or not.
The goal of the Bill HR-8 sounds innocent. It is meant to stop gun violence, which every responsible gun owner is on board with in concept. It does propose to close loopholes in the existing laws which allow people to buy guns outside of their local laws by crossing county or state lines to buy under a different jurisdiction what is legal, but isn’t allowed where they live.
But, remember, your right to own a firearm is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land regardless of what your state says. This is the concern more conservative gun owners have with this bill.
All of that said, this legislation’s chances of become law are slim to none at the moment. If voted on today, it would pass through the House of Representatives likely die in the Republican-controlled Senate. The concept is valid, federal guidelines which define your right to carry are needed rather than some nonsense laws in which one state declares you “can’t” do what your home state allows. Federal restrictions, no, it’s not going to be allowed to pass, that because of inner city violence people who live in rural areas aren’t going to be allowed the guns they need. Nor are responsible working men and women who live in the city going to be denied their right to defend themselves.
Gun rights aren’t going away anytime soon. Regardless of activist groups against the gun lobby, who helps maintain gun rights, the fact remains that guns are important tools for some lifestyles. Background checks are fine for gun purchases, but it also must be recognized that responsible gun owners can carry when they travel instead of being declared a criminal for doing what they always do while in a different jurisdiction.
~ Firearm Daily