House Passes 2 Gun Bills That Expand Background Checks

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Last Thursday, the House passed a pair of gun bills aimed to expand and strengthen background checks for gun buyers. In order to do so, House Democrats went over Republican heads to push for major gun safety measures after decades of congressional inaction.

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Vote Based on Party Lines

The two bills both passed due to partisan voting. The first bill, HR 8, dealt with requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Meanwhile, the second one extends the time the FBI has to vet those flagged by the national instant check system. The House voted 227 – 203 to approve the expansion of background checks. Then, the second bill passed via a 219 – 210 vote.

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Despite the House win, these bills do not expect to survive longer. Both measures face insurmountable opposition in the Senate. Republicans do not favor any additional limits on guns. This includes stricter background check requirements or longer wait times. While Democrats can bring the measures to a vote on the Senate floor, they do not have the requisite 60 votes to pass either bill.

New Gun Bills

HR 8, introduced on March 2, 2021, by Representative. Mike Thompson (D-CA) CA-5), makes it unlawful to sell or transfer a firearm without a Brady Background Check. This bill expands the current Brady Law to every sale or transfer in private sales. Transactions become subject to narrow exceptions.

Meanwhile, HR 1446, introduced by Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC), adds more time to make background checks on gun buyers. The background check system will receive additional time to make a final determination on a potential firearms purchaser. The bill closes what is known as the Charleston loophole. This allows dealers to proceed with a transaction if the background check fails to complete within three business days. The bill pushes the background check time from 3 days to up to 10 days. 

NRA Issues Statement

The National Rifle Association reacted to the House approval of the two bills. Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement:

“These bills are a transparent attempt by gun control advocates in Congress to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans under the guise of addressing the violent criminal culture in America.  The truth, however, is that neither of these bills will do anything to solve that problem. By giving full power to unelected government bureaucrats to indefinitely delay and prevent lawful firearm transfers, HR 1446 could ultimately destroy the Second Amendment rights guaranteed to every law-abiding American by turning it into a privilege enjoyed by a select few.” 

“HR 8, so-called “universal” background checks, cannot be enforced without a federal gun registry, will not prevent crime, and will turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals for simply loaning a firearm to friends or family members.​  If Congress is serious about the safety of law-abiding citizens, it should have passed concealed carry reciprocity so that Americans can safeguard themselves and their families across state lines and throughout our country during these dangerous times.”​​​​

Criticism of the Gun Bills

Critics mocked the newly passed bills, saying that neither can stop the most notorious mass shootings of recent history. “The Democrats have rushed two bills to the floor, no regular order, no hearing time. They have allowed no meaningful input from Republicans and – and these bills, again, would have not stopped a single mass shooting, not Newtown, not Charleston, not Parkland, not Las Vegas, not Sutherland Springs, would not have stopped the shooting of our former colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, because her shooter passed a background check,” declared Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC).

On the floor during deliberations, Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) said a gun registry is an ultimate aim. “This is about creating a gun registry to track guns of the American people. There is no way to implement what the Democrats are trying to implement without doing that,” he said.

ILA View on the Charleston Loophole

Critics also assailed the extension of FBI background checks from three business days to 10. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), a gun rights advocacy group, points out that the term “loophole” is misleading. In addition, it’s wrong to see extending the number of days can prevent the Charleston shooting.

“The 3 day proceed to sale provision is a safety valve that ensures gun purchasers in the U.S. are not arbitrarily denied their Second Amendment Rights. Without the 3 day provision, the FBI has no incentive to complete checks in a timely manner,” the ILA said. The ILA says that the FBI would still allow the shooter to buy a gun anyway.

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71 Responses to :
House Passes 2 Gun Bills That Expand Background Checks

  1. Maynard Arthur says:


  2. Michael E Surber says:

    This is the peoples country not theirs . They work for us Period.

  3. Christopher says:

    If your going to ban AR-15 and semi auto pistols for civilians then you need to Ban A.R. 15‘s and semi auto pistols that our military has to. So how’s that sound for you.

  4. Hector Olave says:

    Just another way for the government to try to control your life.

    This America! 🇺🇸!
    Not China, or Russia!

  5. Mark says:

    Our forefathers were were on top of it. THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. That’s why it is in the constitution. To protect us from idiots. The constitution is the law.

  6. Christopher Richard says:

    These Democratic jokers are a serious threat to the US Constitution and every ordinary citizen in America!

  7. Mark says:

    Amen brother
    Its all about goverment control
    Over law abiding citizens
    Criminals dont obey the law

  8. David says:

    How very Hitler’esque!

  9. Guy Fowler says:

    If the Democrats want to control something then control criminals thugs gags and felons and their illegal ownership of guns they are the one’s using and abusing the use of guns. The law abiding citizens that own guns are not the problem.

  10. Karen says:

    All the laws won’t stop a criminal who get guns illegally. The laws we have need to be inforced! Take the people using guns on people off the street – illegals using them need to be deported permanently. Look at the data of who are using guns to shoot people in our country…it’s not the citizens that abide by laws already in place. Misrepresenting facts as our elected officals and national media are is taking away our constitutional rights for some hidden agenda they have. Wake up

  11. P. Carr says:

    The 2nd amendment is the backbone of our Constitution. Without it, they can and will take All of our rights! The Founding Fathers knew that.

  12. Sam Bass says:

    First they take our guns, then our liberties, then our lives. Don`t ever give up your guns!

    1. BarryS says:

      they can have mine… bullet at a time!

  13. Charles says:

    This isn’t about people shooting each other.
    It’s about the communist manifesto which states to disarm the citizens. This is because they know we are not going to stand for the agenda they have planned for us and they don’t want the citizens to be able to go after them. The democrats are not the communist’s socialist deomcrat party taking over the country.

  14. Ernie N says:

    They are wanting to be able to control us more. That is the whole reason our founders had the second amendment put in the bill. They understood that the government may get too big for their britches and try to co tell the people whom they represent.

  15. David Edge says:

    This whole gun control thing is just the first step towards taking away rights of American citizens. The Democratic Party wants total governmental control over We The People. They are Socialists hungry to destroy our country and WE need to stop their treacherous agenda by uniting, standing up to their hypocrisy and lies and hold them accountable. They are paid to work for us not to destroy us with their anti American ideas. Live Free or Die!! A reason this phrase exists!! We need to apply it NoW!!

  16. Ernie N says:


  17. Devin White says:

    There is a strong need for mental illness discovery and treatment no doubt. But, installing all these silly new laws does nothing to address the REAL issues of mentally unstable people from obtaining one or more firearms and going on a rampage. The 10 shot magazine rule is just one stupid way the left thinks it will help reduce the violence. It starts with the people behind the firearm, not the firearm they use. They might as well start outlawing knives then stones. The mentally unstable will not follow the law period. There will always be unstable folks looking for their 15 minutes of fame unfortunately. Let’s start looking at the other end of the spectrum instead of trying to hamstringing those who DO follow the law, wouldn’t that be different?

  18. Justjeff says:

    These people are democrats. They are a party in name only,…this has nothing to do with Democracy. They may as well have the old swastikas or sickle and hammer armbands. Voter apathy is responsible for this, as well as the institutions that teach. I’ve watched it go on since the late 50’s.

  19. Lottie Dort says:

    I think we need to enforce the laws for gun control that are already in place instead of creating more red tape. It isn’t the individual’s who take care of their weapons it is individuals who always find a way to get guns without going through the process. We have to much control and soon we won’t be able to protect ourselves. This is one of the first steps to becoming socialist communistic. Being defenseless.

  20. Michael Hanks says:

    If these Socialists accomplish this there will be NO END to the total loss of our rights as we know them.

  21. Steve says:

    How about if they begin to enforce all the laws they have on the books for illegal gun use & possession.
    Or even prosecute the criminals. That would be a good start.

  22. Roy Summerville says:

    This is all so stupid, they again are trying to take 2nd amendment rights away from us. We should all stick together and vote the swamp rats out once and for all.

  23. Brian Jackson says:

    Like I said you will have to pry it from my cold dead hands………….. if it comes down to either you or my family’s protection guest who lose YOU!!!!!!!! And you will find out there Americans will feel the same way so come on make my day. I am not afraid, so it is you choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. jerry primo says:

    We should spend time making stronger laws against persons who use guns in crime. Longer term in prison, instead of letting back on the street a short time after. If carrying or using a gun in a crime the law should be standard jail time of more then five years or more. No matter what the age of a person is. Adult or younger no exceptions. Send the message out strong and enforce it. With stronger laws on crime when guns are used , all American will be safer. Some people do not respect laws and others make excuses not to in force laws on the books already. Why is that? Laws are laws that need to be enforced, not a reason to get out of jail. These are unnecessary laws that only restrict responsible gun owners. it threatens Second Amendment.

  25. Brian says:

    We DON’T have a gun problem,we have a mental health and criminal problem.

  26. Sonya says:

    I think that they need to fully enforce the laws we have now.

  27. Jim says:

    Government should not further restrict our (US) right to bear arms.

  28. Bill W says:

    The Constitution is the law of the land. The politicians are elected and swear to uphold these laws. Unfortunately many politicians are not interested following the law. They are only interested in lining their pockets with taxpayer money and having the power over others. Diluting the law of the land is their way of maintaining and increasing their power.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Total unquestionably idiots are in control of OUR government! These idiots will do anything to ruin this country but this along with confiscation will only lead this country to civil unrest for sure ! I think this is there ultimate goal

  30. John Baggett says:

    This is completely unconstitutional and I hope if this passes in the Senate lawsuits fly all the way to the Supreme Court but I would recommend to anyone that is not armed get armed fast because this is not law yet and it shouldn’t even be considered legal. We’ve got to fight this one folks. The reason they want our guns is exactly why we should have them.

  31. Concerned Patriot says:

    You want my guns. Come get them! Do they honestly think we will just give them up? Banning books, limiting freedom of speech, right to assembly, religious freedoms denied, do what I tell you and don’t mind what I do. Do people not see the similarities from Nazi Germany. Please if you haven’t read it in a while re-read Animal Farm. Or just watch it on your PC.

  32. Thumper says:

    You probably won’t post this because I’m a Democrat. However, I agree that these laws won’t solve a thing. I am a proud gun owner and defender of the FIRST and SECOND Amendment.
    Playing the Devil’s advocate, you can blame much of this horseshit on the hundreds of so-called PATRIOTS that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and had the stupidity of taking selfies, videos and waving their Rebel Flags while they did it. SMOOTH MOVE! All that accomplished was getting your gun rights taken away as you committed a FELONY!
    Maybe NEXT time, get your asses out and VOTE, petition your representatives and protest PEACEFULLY. That is the way we do things in a Democracy.
    Also, if you wave a CONFEDERATE FLAG, you are waving a flag of the side that already LOST once. Don’t be so dumb as to think that it wouldn’t happen a second time.
    You decided to back a lying skunk for President. This is what you get. Unfortunately, it affects ALL of us that are true Patriots that would fight to the death to defend this country and it’s Constitution.

  33. John Smith says:

    The Government will have to find my AR-15. Because I will not turn it in to the government. I wish them luck.

  34. Gary S says:

    If you can stop the wrong people from getting guns that is what should be the focus what need is there for anyone civilian to have a semi or automatic weapon these days we aren’t in any way needing them for regular people should not even get sold to anyone that isn’t military.

  35. Ben Walker says:

    The whole point of this 2nd Amendment is to fight off an overreaching government. Democrats you better tread softly, there’s a lit of lead out there to be fired and unlike your southern border, we will hold our country as-is.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Cars kill a lot more people than guns do. Why are they not cracking down on who can drive a car. I know several people who have multiple DUI’s that are still driving.

  37. Anthony Socarras says:

    How about trying to remove the guns from criminals rather than restricting the rights of law abiding Americans! Folks, it’s not about guns, it’s about control!

  38. Anonymous says:

    to the democrat thumper. I dont know how you know that they were republicans storming the white house. evidence shows that it was a planned attack. probably from gun control people that are trying to supply ammunition for gun control.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Leave us alone. Work on getting guns out of the hands of criminals.

  40. Darby says:

    You do understand, Democratic Party, that we, law abiding citizens will only be pushed so far. There might be a time when we as a whole will say NO to your BS. This is part of our constitution and I’ll be damn if you will control me or my family.

  41. Pamela Clark says:

    I loathe these liberal jerks. None of them including all members against gun control should have any security protecting them with guns. Just like London. Let their security carry whistles and club’s.

  42. Ryan says:

    This country is not ours anymore. It’s a joke especially now that the Circus 🤡 is in town. 4 year clown show. Can’t we put these democrack heads in a camp.

  43. Safetyprick says:

    The gun laws that they are pushing and the assult weapons ban that is coming have nothing to do with saving lives. They want you to believe that but it simply isn’t true. From 2004 to 2017 there was 14,917,828 legal aborsions reported in the US to Guttmacher, they keep track of the Genocide. If Democrats were really interested in saving lives they wouldn’t be supporting Planned Parenthood and funding the continued killing of unborn childeren. For quick reference that is over 1 million a year. Obviously they have other motives. Saving lives isn’t one of them. So by simple logic it must be control. So what is it they want to do? They are going to continue taking as much as they can until we are disarmed. This isn’t the first time they have tried either. They seem to keep trying pursuing the same thing. Don’t give them anything vote them out every chance you get!

  44. Ron Nolder says:

    Why are they wasting more time and our money. They have all those troops and fences in DC, what more protection do they need. If they work for us ,why do not they perform like we want. They are the most elitist bunch in their own little world. Please remember them next election.

  45. CHARLES says:

    They let to mind there own business and leave the voters and private citizens alone we have gotten along fine without there noses in our busuness

  46. Joy Miller says:

    To people like the first Christopher up above, please keep in mind this excuse of a president has already been publicly stating his current agenda is to do all he can to curtail military’s ability to have firearms.

  47. ron lunsford says:

    Politic gov’t running our life again, didn’t Kamal Harris say the American people can’t decide for themselves so their going to decide for them , was it not our gov’t that gave guns to Mexican drug cartels (Holt), is it not our gov’t that supplies weapons to foreign country militias to use against us,is it not the gov’t that studied the virus of mass destruction set upon the world, wasn’t Fauci part of that team along with china, (foreign entity), is it not our gov’t that opened the border to all of the world , is it not our gov’t that want to run our debt up, so our country will be just another 3rd world place.

  48. 00 says:

    I think they should put a band on magazines that hold more then 10 rouds or if they want to keep the magazine then they would have to put a stoper in the magazine and put band on bump stocks and lave the back roud checks alone and i think that would be the way to go and we would not lose are rights to and to bear arms

  49. Dave says:

    The reason the dems are releasing so many violent criminals of all kinds from our jails and prisons, is to make room for all those who won’t abide by the new firearm laws the dems have in store for the USA. The _ _ _ _ is about to hit the fan folks.

  50. Anonymous says:


  51. Yonna says:

    I will not give up my firearms for no one!! I have the right to defend myself and my family against the idiots who have no problem getting firearms,Who should never have one in their hands to begin with !! You will have to pry them from my cold dead hands!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!!!!!!

  52. Patriot says:

    … that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  53. Old patriot says:

    What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t they understand? If they come for my guns they had better bring theirs.

  54. Terri says:

    Instead of stricter gun laws for good people they need to set up a task force to remove illegal weapons from gangs because it’s not the good people you have to worry about unless you’re a rapest or thief or robber if more good people had guns and ammo bad guys wouldn’t have as good a chance to hurt someone because they would be have compition.

  55. Tony says:

    So many infringements already. Fight back. Support constitutional carry and H.R. 38 reciprocity.
    “I’m sorry, you’re coming for my what?” 1791

  56. Margaret Mironack says:

    Why don’t the Democrats mind their own business and get the hell out of our Country and out of our Rights I was tough to be safe with my Guns when I was little I went Hunting and Fishing with my Dad my hole Life I’ve took courses in VIP , 3years Security, and 500 hours in private Investigations. I work for a privet Sheriff office I’m registered with the FBI and I had two Gun carrying permits and a lot more. I be Dam if I give my Guns and my permit to bear arms up I will go down fighting be for that happens we are all American’s and in one way are another we have got that right to fight for what we believe in and I think that I speak for all of the Americans that Bear Arms that are good people and they have the right to bear and keep their Guns and we also have the right to Freedom of speech we are getting tired of the Democrats trying to run our Lives and they need to know that God Bless our Country,Troops, Police Officers and our First Responders and God Bless the United States of America and the Republicans, Less Make Our Country Great Again Amen Lord Jesus Christ

  57. Madjack says:

    Everyone Will get up in arms, pun intended, for nothing. Think about it. Right now we have no President to lead the sheep of the country. The House is full of uneducated quacks, and the Senate is full of a bunch of old farts who are too busy taking back door money to cover their retirement. Nothing’s going to change and if it does, who’s going to enforce it. Do as you always did, intelligently of course. Don’t sell guns to your crazy brother in law with a police record. There is no way that they (govmt) can prove you sold, loaned, or gifted a gun to someone without a Gun Registry. But if that happens, I won’t register any of mine so they can go to hell! Let them come find me.

  58. William McWhorter says:

    They need to leave well enough alone. This is the people’s country. They work for the

  59. Daryl Steinmetz says:

    Take a look at the Democrat run city of Chicago toughest gun laws of any state and city I know of but they continue to have record shootings and crime it’s not the law abiding people and gun owners it’s the people our judicial system continue to let go free and the crimes they commit get worse and worse until they end up shooting a innocent person

  60. Mark says:

    Can’t trust anyone in government that voted our Bible is a bigoted book for only recognizing male and female marriage and you should load your guns when they make it a crime to confess the Bible as Truth!

  61. Mike says:

    How many politicians became very wealthy while in office ?

  62. kim basore says:

    just stay out of my rights. 2nd. amen. was created by alot smarter people than you!!!!

  63. Elbert Jones says:

    Could someone please explain why an average Amer. citizen needs to own an AR-15 or an AK-47? Those rifles were made for the MILITARY. The laws you’re talking about Protect people by keeping CRIMINALS AND MENTAL PATIENTS FROM OBTAINING FIREARMS.

  64. Andy Mannon says:

    When guns are outlawed then I will become an outlaw and if they think this ex-marine will go down easily they are sadly mistaken

  65. David Patterson says:

    To protect themselves and others from the CRIMINALS AND MENTAL PATIENTS that obtained a firearm illegally. Gun laws ONLY affect people who obtain guns through LEGAL means. Just as a criminal doesn’t let a small thing like a locked door hinder them from stealing your stuff, they won’t be affected by gun laws when buying black market or stolen guns from some other criminal. Does that answer your question?

  66. A says:

    I think that they have more important things that they should be worried about. Leave the Law abiding Free Speaking and Voting True AMERICAN CITIZEN’S alone and worry about being an Honest Person that can remember what decade you are in before Crooked Nancy Pelosi declares you senile

  67. Bill says:

    This is just a way to register all guns don’t you under stand the way it WORKES Gives them the right to check all guns

  68. Anthony says:

    There is one thing I don’t understand they blame everything on guns but you can have it loaded handgun shotgun or rifle and set it down and it won’t hurt nothing or nobody Until somebody picks it up point it and squeezes the trigger I definitely like the stand your own ground law the Ohio past

  69. Anonymous says:

    enforce laws for felons 2nd and3rd. offences my grand daughter got killed by a two time offender that never went to prison.

  70. Harry Powers says:

    gun control is just holding it with both hands

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