Democrat-Led House Passes Bill to Criminalize Private Gun Sales

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

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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