The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are attempting to register every gun and gun owner in America.
H.R. 8 would criminalize the transfer of a firearm unless it first goes through a government screening process which would register the seller and buyer and the firearm with the federal government. The bill is effectively a universal federal gun registration scheme. We have not found this type of law to reduce crime or gun violence in the states they have enacted it, and there is no reason to believe it would be different on the federal level. H.R. 8 has very few exceptions and because the word “transfer” is not defined in the legislation, even handing a gun to a neighbor could invoke the new regulation if approved by both houses and signed into law by President Biden.
This legislation is redundant. There are existing gun laws in every state to prevent ineligible people from purchasing firearms.
• Background checks are an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. The creation of this registry allows the government to trace every firearm and every gun owner.
• H.R. 8 disenfranchises lower income Americans from purchasing a firearm from a close friend or neighbor because of the extra fees associated with background checks.
• Background checks do not stop crime. It is inaccurate to assume that a background check will show future criminal intent. Also, criminals wanting a gun will get it illegally.
• Often, “background checks” can take up to 8 days to process. This violates the rights of people to purchase a gun and to protect themselves, putting law-abiding citizens in danger when they need to purchase a firearm quickly. A right delayed is a right denied.
• Up to 95% of NICS denials are false positives, denying law abiding Americans from purchasing firearms. Expanding NICS through H.R. 8 will lead to more unjustified denials.
H.R. 1446 is a bill that would subject law-abiding gun owners to indefinite delays for those seeking FBI permission to purchase a firearm. Called the enhanced Background Check Act of 2021, H.R. 1446 was introduced on March 1, 2021 would effectively extend the wait time one may receive a purchased firearm from a retail store from three days to ten days.
Larry Keane, of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said, “If the bill is the same as what was introduced in the last Congress, we will be opposed to it now as we were then. This bill increases the burden on small business firearm retailer owners and flips the burden of proof on its head. This would make it incumbent upon the law-abiding citizen to prove his or her innocence to the government to exercise their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm instead of the government being responsible for proving an individual is prohibited. This could potentially deny a law-abiding citizen their rights for up to a month, while they are saddled with the burden of proving their innocence. That’s un-American.
“Rather than placing further burdens on retailers and law-abiding gun owners, Congress should focus on adequately resourcing NICS. NSSF is the only organization that has successfully advocated for NICS to have the necessary resources to perform its mission in a timely manner.”