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April 16, 2013

House version of background check bill introduced

Two House of Representatives lawmakers have introduced legislation to strengthen gun background checks, the House version of the Senate compromise on the issue.

Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., are lead sponsors. The Senate is debating the measure this week, and a vote is expected later in the week. 

Thompson and King released a joint statement: “Background checks are the first line of defense against criminals and the dangerously mentally ill getting guns. This bill is comprehensive, it is enforceable, it will save lives, and it will protect the rights of law abiding Americans to own guns. It’s time for Congress to act. The American people are getting a vote in the Senate. They deserve one in the House."

Whether that vote will be held in the House remains uncertain.

Here's more from Tuesday's news release:

"This bipartisan legislation will expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet or in classified ads. It provides reasonable exceptions for family and friend transfers.

"Under the legislation, background checks would be conducted though a federally licensed dealer. Licensed dealers will run background checks on potential buyers and keep records of sales in the same manner as they have for more than 40 years. Failure to conduct a background check on is punishable by up to five years in prison.

"The bill also improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by incentivizing states to improve their reporting of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill by eliminating unnecessary responsibilities for states and directing future grant money towards creating systems to send records to NICS. The bill will also reduce federal funds to states that do not comply.

"Like the Manchin-Toomey legislation, the King-Thompson bill explicitly bans the federal government from creating a registry and makes the misuse of records to create a registry a felony punishable by 15 years in prison.

"H.R. 1565 is backed by a number of organizations including the pro gun group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the second-largest gun rights organization in the country. It has also been endorsed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns."



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Fear is the great motivator. But it is not the Fear that is being promoted that we should Fear. It is the ulterior motives of those utilizing that Fear, like the NRA, to motivate, that are to be Feared! Be assured that the only thing the NRA is interested in is Selling More, and More, and more, Guns in order to satisfy there employers, the Gun Manufacturers! Real solutions to gun control are the furthermost thing from their mind! Their financial life is all that concerns them. Greed will “Trump” Safety and Common Good every time!
The NRA would be calling for 105mm Howitzers on every lawn and in every school yard if they thought it would sell Howitzers! They don’t give a whit for who is safe or who is sorry. The only reason I can see for their objection to Universal Background Checks, is that their Market Analysis might have shown that a large percentage of gun buyers couldn’t pass a Background check -like criminals at Gun shows!Altruism has never been, or ever will be, any part of an NRA Marketing Plan!To [paraphrase] what the late Senator Joseph McCarthy was once asked: “Have you no decency, [GOP]?”

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