February 5, 2019
Bolstered by infamous gun grabber, and current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelsoi (D-CA-12), anti-gun Democrats are quickly moving on universal gun registration in the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 8, their universal gun registration bill, was introduced in the House on January 8, 2019 by California Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-5).1
It is now set for a hearing on Wednesday, February 6th in the House Judiciary Committee.
Unfortunately, the House Judiciary Committee is chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY-17), who is a well-known advocate for some of the most extreme gun control legislation in Congress.
With complete control of the House, Speaker Pelosi is anxious to ram through her flagship legislation as soon as possible, as passing gun control remains a key pillar of her legislative agenda for 2019.
This universal gun registration scheme would ban virtually all private firearm transactions, thereby building a national gun registry under the Brady-NICS law, which was passed in 1993.
In other words, virtually every firearms purchase made in the United States would have to go through the Brady-NICS registration system.
For those who enjoy gifting firearms, H.R. 8 is a bureaucratic headache in the making.
H.R. 8 mandates loans, gifts, and firearm sales be processed at a gun store. The same bureaucratic rigmarole—fees, paperwork, and record-keeping—applies to the purchase of new firearms at stores as well.
If an individual loans a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, they will receive the same penalty as someone who knowingly sells a gun to a convicted, violent felon.2
With these facts considered, gun owners should be worried about the prospects of gun control passing in Congress.
And that’s not all.
H.R. 8 is bolstered by a splinter faction of Republicans including Congressmen Peter King (NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Brian Mast (FL), Fred Upton (MI), and Chris Smith (NJ), joining over 200 Democrats in co-sponsoring this bill.3
With Democrats in control of the House and squishy Republicans on board with this legislation, gun control could be dangerously close to having the votes needed to pass. It would mark the first time since the Bill Clinton era in the 1990’s a massive gun control bill made it through a chamber of congress.
That’s why gun owners must be ready to fight back.
Time and time again, the actions of National Association for Gun Rights members and its supporters have proven to be the difference maker in defeating major gun control pushes in Congress.
1 = “Live stream: Speaker Nancy Pelosi...introduce gun control bill” USA Today. 1/8/2019.
2 = “Quick Takes — The Democrats Coming Assault on the Second Amendment, The Political Hat 1/17/19
3 = H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 116th Congress (2019-2020), 1/8/2019.