Keep Telling Your Members of Congress to Oppose “Universal” Background Check Bills

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Wherever you look, Bloomberg’s fingerprints are all over these attempts to pass “universal” background checks.
Universal Background Checks Don’t Work, so Why Do We Want More of Them?

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On January 8, 2019, two bills were introduced in Congress to impose so-called “universal” background checks. The bills, H.R. 8 and S. 42, are being misleadingly described as simply requiring background checks on all sales of firearms, but this is just a small part of what these overbroad pieces of legislation would do.

A vote on this gun control legislation could take place as early as the first weeks of February. Therefore, it is vital that gun owners immediately contact their members of Congress to urge them to oppose this legislation, and that gun owners encourage their freedom-minded family and friends to do the same.

Traps for Law-Abiding Gun Owners

Both bills would make it a crime, subject to certain exceptions, to simply hand a firearm to another person. Any time gun owners carry out this simple act, they would potentially be exposing themselves to criminal penalties. While the bills do create some exceptions, they are overly complicated and create many traps for unwary gun owners. Accidental violations of these complicated provisions are not excused under the proposed legislation.

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This legislation is not about public safety. These bills attack law-abiding gun owners by placing further burdens on gun ownership and use. For the anti-gun groups and politicians intent on criminalizing the private transfer of firearms, this legislation is just another step in their effort to extinguish America’s vibrant and legitimate gun culture.

Expanded Background Checks Don’t Work

Proponents of so-called “universal” background checks claim that this legislation is the “most important” thing that can be done to stop dangerous people from obtaining firearms. This is a lie. There is no evidence that expanded background checks are useful for this purpose.

Just last year, a study by anti-gun researchers confirmed that expanded background checks in California did not reduce gun homicides or gun suicides.

This finding is consistent with a review of past studies on expanded background checks by the RAND Corporation that found that “evidence of the effect of private-seller background checks on firearm homicides is inconclusive.”

In 2013, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice researched so-called “universal” background checks and determined that they would be not be effective without further harsh firearms restrictions and efforts to combat straw purchasing.

Criminals are not deterred by background checks. ATF has reported, “[t]he most frequent type of trafficking channel identified in ATF investigations is straw purchasing from federally licensed firearms dealers. Nearly 50 percent … .” A Chicago-area inmate explained this reality to researchers from the University of Chicago in relation to Illinois’s stringent firearm licensing regime for a 2015 study, stating, “All they need is one person who got a gun card in the ‘hood’ and everybody got one.”

A 2016 Department of Justice survey of “state and federal prisoners who had possessed a firearm during the offense for which they were serving” found that the most common source of prisoner firearms was “Off the street/underground market.” This was defined as “Illegal sources of firearms that include markets for stolen goods, middlemen for stolen goods, criminals or criminal enterprises, or individuals or groups involved in sales of illegal drugs.” Less than one percent had obtained their firearm from a gun show.

The research confirms that anti-gun members of Congress aren’t interested in actually addressing violent crime; they’re just trying to deflect the blame on law-abiding gun owners. Please use this link to let your elected officials know that you won’t be blamed for the actions of violent criminals. Ask your Representative and Senators to oppose H.R.8 and S.42. Additionally, you may call your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators using the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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    Frank Geiger
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    Frank Geiger

    Is this the same NRA that do not want US to have bump stock ???? Just askong .

    VH
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    VH

    Unconstitutional Red Flag Laws White House Petition
    I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? Please share the links.

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    tomcat
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    tomcat

    I filled out the “take action email” and had every intention it send it to my three representatives in congress but a small problem occured. Email failed because the big G refused to send it. I think my rights are being infringed on by a foreign element.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    “Criminals are not deterred by background checks.”

    End of discussion.

    Core
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    Core

    Defund them and boot them from office. Tri them for treason! Demand Article VI!

    MrBill10000
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    MrBill10000

    Yet the leftists continue their steadfast resistance to nationwide E-Verify based on states rights arguments.

    SuperG
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    SuperG

    I live in Oregon, and all my Congressmen are Democrat anti-gunners. I’m so screwed. It’s a beautiful state, but it is rife with the disease of liberalism.

    Porschelover
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    Porschelover

    People like this that never go anywhere without armed guards need to follow the rules they re making for the rest of the USA.
    congress is getting paid while no one else is, why is that? The same here with guns. Bloomberg may not be carrying personally, but his money is buying the guns that are protecting him. How is that OK?
    I bet if all these anti-gun people had to go about, LIVE IN UNGUARDED GATED COMMUNITIES, these laws would never be considered. WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ONE SHOULD BE RIGHT FOR EVERYONE.

    Jeffersonian
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    Jeffersonian

    Ummm, wasn’t NRA pushing these exact laws back in the ’90s?

    Nanashi
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    Nanashi

    Yes. Youtube video ID of LaPierre Laval’s testimony is v=KvJ2kHpbC1g

    Nanashi
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    Nanashi

    Yes

    GregTorchia
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    GregTorchia

    Sooner or later “we the people “”are going to grow tired of those regulations costing taxpayers money and baffling us with needless bullshit 1776

    Jim Mackey
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    Jim Mackey

    Credit where credit is due. Good on the NRA for standing up to these laws

    Nanashi
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    Nanashi

    They were for them before they were against them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvJ2kHpbC1g

    Freebird
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    Freebird

    Where are challenges to the LEGALITY of B.A.T.F. ‘s claims to have ‘ authority ‘ it clearly does not have ? NO JURISDICTION — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has no venue or jurisdiction within the borders of any of the 50 States of the united States of America, except in pursuit of an importer of contraband alcohol, tobacco, or firearms, who failed to pay the TAX on those items. As proof, refer to the July 30, 1993 ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1 F.3d 1511; 1993 U.S. App. Lexis 19747,… Read more »

    Core
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    Core

    Excellent point. The entire fed had been empowered by the Judicial Branch to violate our constitution. Article VI says Supreme Law of the Land trumps ALL! Defund them, tear them down!