Thoughts on H.R.8

Posted 8/7/19

H.R.8 is a bill “To require a background check for every firearm sale.” It’s a poor bill. Too easily it would turn good and decent people into criminals. HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and …

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Thoughts on H.R.8

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H.R.8 is a bill “To require a background check for every firearm sale.”

It’s a poor bill. Too easily it would turn good and decent people into criminals.

HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store with the same fees, paperwork, and permanent recordkeeping as if buying a gun from the store. Let a friend borrow a gun without dealing through a gun store and the penalty would be the same as for selling a gun to a convicted violent felon. When your friend returns the gun, either go back to the store or face a felony.

You can’t store a gun for friends while they are stationed elsewhere, away for an extended vacation, or affected by a natural disaster. Safe storage ought to be encouraged, not a temptation to slide past the law.

The bill misuses procedures to create a technical ban for 18-20-year-olds, a consideration for states other than New York. It does not limit exorbitant fees that can be charged. Possession on farms or ranches is not exempted. Letting someone try a gun at an informal target range would not be allowed. Loaning guns to museums is not allowed.

H.R.8 is claimed to be a “bipartisan” bill but the briefest of looks expose that it is yet another Democrat bill to limit gun ownership and that has only token crossover support.

Politicians who support the bill promote it by name and summary only, omitting the legitimate concerns and certainly never addressing them. Their mainstream media supporters are complicit in the disrespect for voters.

Current political posturing about guns sadly piggybacks on terrible crimes. How unfortunate to bypass decent political discussion in an attempt to pass poor legislation.

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