U.S. House to Vote on Democrat-Sponsored Gun Control Wednesday

Glendale, UNITED STATES: A couple chooses a gun at the Gun Gallery in Glendale, California, 18 April 2007. The massacre at Virginia Tech has ignited fresh talk in the Democratic-led US Congress about tightening US gun laws but it is doubtful enough lawmakers will tackle the politically charged issue. With …
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The House of Representatives is set to vote on two Democrat-sponsored gun control bills Wednesday.

KOMO News reports one bill would expand retail background checks to include private sales, while the other would focus on “increasing the review period from three to ten days for background checks.”

Breitbart News noted that the background check expansion–i.e., universal background checks–was introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA). The bill increasing review days on background checks was put forward by Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC).

Thompson’s bill would criminalize private gun sales, making it illegal, for example, to sell a five-shot revolver to a lifelong neighbor without first finding a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder and having a background check performed.

Clyburn’s bill would expand the current three-day extended review to ten business days and allow for an extension in the event that reviewers were not satisfied after the ten-day review.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) co-sponsored the legislation with Clyburn and explained that the initial ten-business-day review can be followed by a ten-day “escalated review” in some cases.

California has universal background checks and a ten-day waiting period on gun purchases. Nevertheless, South Los Angeles witnessed a 742 percent surge in shooting victims during the first 16 days of 2021.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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