Democrat-Led House Passes Bill to Criminalize Private Gun Sales

Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry
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House Democrats succeeded Wednesday in passing legislation to criminalize private gun sales.

Yahoo News reports that the legislation passed by a vote of 240-190, with eight Republican Congressional members voting with the Democrats. One of those eight Republicans, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), actually co-sponsored the bill.

On Monday Breitbart News reported that the Democrats planned a floor vote on the legislation to criminalize private gun sales this week. They used a universal background check bill to accomplish the criminalization, pushing to make it illegal for a neighbor to sell a gun to a lifelong neighbor or someone to sell a gun to a friend they have known since childhood.

Breitbart News also reported that universal background checks are only the first step, as a gun registry will be necessary to make the checks enforceable.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) explained:

The White House has already made clear that President Trump will veto the legislation, should it reach his desk.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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