Democrat Introduces Bill to Restrict Gun Sales for Law-Abiding Citizens
Sen. Chris Murphy's legislation expands background checks to private sales
A Democrat senator has introduced a new bill to restrict gun sales in America for law-abiding citizens.
The universal background check legislation was introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday.
The bill expands retail point-of-sale background checks to include private sales as well.
Joe Biden urged legislators to put forward universal background check legislation on February 14, 2021.
Murphy's bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, would extend a background check requirement to unlicensed and private firearm sellers before selling a firearm.
Current federal law doesn't require unlicensed sellers to do background checks before transferring firearms.
However, universal checks criminalize law-abiding citizens, according to Breitbart.
Under the bill, those who sell a 5-shot revolver to a lifelong neighbor would be breaking the law unless that neighbor first seeks out a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder and undergoes an FBI background check.
On the other hand, such checks do not impact criminals as they do not typically buy their guns from legal sources.
In fact, such checks have been in place in California since the 1990s, yet shooting victims in South Los Angeles surged 742 percent during the first 16 days of 2021 alone.
The key with universal background checks is they lead to other gun controls, such as government-mandated rationing of firearm purchases, which now exists in California.
Moreover, on January 24, 2021, Breitbart pointed out that universal background checks are unenforceable without a gun registry.
This is because such checks are presented as a way to track every gun sale in the country, retail or private.
To do this, the government must first know where every gun sits currently.
This leads to firearm registration, which now exists in California as well.
CBS News reported Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is cosponsoring Murphy’s bill.
Blumenthal commented on the legislation, saying, “The American people are responding to a political movement that has resulted from Parkland, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas — the shorthand of tragedies that have caused this political movement to be a force that has met this moment of reckoning.”
Ironically, universal background checks would not have stopped any of the three mass shootings mentioned by Blumenthal.
That is because in two of them - Parkland and Las Vegas - the attackers passed background checks for guns.
In the third, Sandy Hook, the attacker stole his gun, so no amount of point-of-sale background checks would have mattered.