Democrats Move Forward With Their Long-Awaited Agenda

Hours after Democrats passed a bill giving unlimited delays for gun background checks, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer brought back a bill forcing background checks for private gun sales, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she would soon ‘work with her colleagues’ to pass more reforms – including a ban on assault weapons – in the weeks ahead.

It is not clear what features on scary rifles that are exactly equivalent to any hunting rifle will be banned.

Feinstein’s statement read: 

“This legislation would enforce background checks on all weapon transfers and sales, including for unlicensed and private sales for which they are not currently needed.

“A majority of Americans want background checks. A 2019 poll found that 89 percent of Americans support background checks for all gun sales.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this and other reforms, including an assault weapons ban that I intend on introducing within weeks.”

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also promised on Thursday to bring back more gun reform legislation.

“No more thoughts and prayers—a vote is needed,” said Senator Schumer, promising to bring back a bill that stalled in the Senate in 2019 after passing the Democrat-controlled House.

The H.R.8 bill is the latest version of “Universal Background Checks.” It requires a background check for any gun sale, including private sales.

Republican Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) hit back against the legislation when he said “The idea this will make us safer is laughable, criminals seeking firearms won’t submit to background checks. Only law-abiding Americans will follow the law. This is a back door way of setting up a national gun registry – something I totally oppose.”

The return of H.R.8 was led by Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson, who leads the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He was joined by House Democrats Lucy McBath (GA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Jerry Nadler (NY) and Robin Kelly (IL), and were joined by GOP Reps. Fred Upton (MI), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) and Christopher Smith (NJ).

According to a summary of the measure, its goal is to “use the background process to ensure people prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain guns.”

Meanwhile, the House just enacted H.R. 1446, which allows for unlimited delays for background checks, as opposed to the previous three-day window. 

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